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Ninjatron's Influence Map by ninjatron Ninjatron's Influence Map by ninjatron
This is my first meme ever, you guys!

So here is my influence map, as originally found here: [link]
I wanted to really focus on the things that actually influence my artwork, not just things that I really like. So in spite of being a huge fan, Transformers isn't here. I also thought about the things don't just influence how I draw, but also things that influence why I draw.

1: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - This is definitley the biggest influence. The cartoon captured my imagination as a kid and inspired a lot of artwork. Finding out that it was an underground comic book first made me want to do that too.

2: Bruce Timm - One of my favorite artists. Groundbreaking style with great storytelling. Justice League is one show I can watch over and over again and always get inspiration from.

3: Samurai Jack - In my opinion, the greatest cartoon ever made. The imagery does so much with so little, and I love its anything-goes attitude with all the crazy characters Jack runs into.

4: Anime - Rather than list off a whole bunch of specific series, I'm just going to say that the history and culture of Japanese animation as a whole has been a huge influence in both my drawing and how I look at the world. It gave my artwork focus while still expanding my view on what is possible. I included pictures of a few of my favorites. Can you name them?

5: Street Fighter - The artwork and the variety of characters from this series has always struck a chord with me.

6: Scott Pilgrim - Proof that "It can be done".

7: Ninjas - Ninjas are awesome, and I'm not just saying that. Look into it for real. They are some really inspiring historical figures.

8: David Bluestein - A mentor who took me under his wing and taught me so much about drawing, then gave me the opportunity to teach others. This artwork comes from a pin-up he illustrated that was published in Spawn #53.

9: Star Wars - Gave me an interest in aliens, robots, space ships, and all the cool stuff in the galaxy.

10: Mario - Much of my childhood was spend playing Mario games, and when I wasn't doing that I was drawing Mario characters in my own adventures. I did it so much that I got in trouble at school, but I gained so much skill and experience from it.

11: Osamu Tezuka - Of course, the God of Manga is a major influence. He's the greatest of all time, lived an amazing life, and there is always something new to learn from everything he's ever done.

I could probably go on but that's good enough for now. Ask me about something if you want.
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ShouYume Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010
Rei Ayanami, Harlock, Cyborg.... 009... i think.... that mecha show... you know, with that mecha..... XD. . . . I know that guy below it, but I can't recall to save my life! And it's one of those obvious ones, too! The bottom one I won't lie. I don't know! ^_^;
ninjatron Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010   Digital Artist
Oh, the bottom is a good one I'll tell you about. It's called "Gunbuster" and it's a late 80's 6-episode OVA series from Gainax directed by Hideki Anno before he made Evangelion. It's about girls who pilot robots, but it acts as an allegory for the Otaku generation. It's full of references to classic anime and Hollywood movies. Um, it's also pretty much the first commercial anime production with... "bounce", if you catch my drift. But that's not why I like it, I swear! It's a really inspiring show with an amazing ending.

ShouYume Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2010
I didn't even know Gainax had produced anything like that before Evangelion! Ya learn something new everyday! X3
Qianlong-Artist Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
Scott Pilgrim should also prove that "A DBZ movie should be made by Edger Wright XD" Nice influences :icongreatjobplz:
ninjatron Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010   Digital Artist
Hell yes! And hopefully not during a writers strike like last time.

Qianlong-Artist Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2010
I hope they do, because have you seen Hot Fuzz or Shawn of the Dead? He is able to make action films with funny pulp culture references in content with the film. Dragon Ball-Dragon Ball Z is like Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man *SET IN STONE!* It has to happen. THe main problem with evolution was that it took itself way to seriously and the characters weren't as likeable as the manga/anime it is adaping, so if Edger Write, who is the Canadian version of Dragon Ball, makes it into a film, I can not only die happy, but he would probaly have the money that he so deserves because of DBZ popularity and Edger Wright's AWSOMNESSS.
Ebachan Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2010
Cool :D So many styles :)
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