Meme - Influence Map
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Sep. 26th, 2010 | 07:39 pm
This "influence map" meme has been going around, and I've enjoyed it a lot, so I thought I would do one as well (google it and you should find some, they all look like this one). One thing I would have liked people to include though is a little write up! Why did these people influence you? How did they do so? That's just as interesting as a collection of names and images! Well, I'm practicin' what I'm preachin'. Here goes:
1. Eleanor Davis - When I fist started making cartoons online, I discovered a wealth of artists whose work was on livejournal and other websites. Eleanor was one of these, her drawings blew me away and so did the fact that they came from someone my own age. An impulse to get better at drawing followed.
2. Peter Rankin - Peter is from my hometown, he used to give me some drawing lessons when I was small. Since he was the resident artist in our village, I saw a lot of his work for years and years and it stuck with me, as did his themes of rural life and old-timey settings.
3. Leo and Diane Dillon - I had a book they illustrated called "Claymore and Kilt: Tales of Scottish Kings and Castles," and I think I used to stare at it endlessly, in awe of the lines. The way they drew hair, jawlines, profiles, clothing.. I see the influence for sure.
4. Jamie Hewlett - I was in high school when Gorillaz came out, and being from such a small place with no comic shops, I'd never heard of him before then. Drawings from grade 12 or so look like embarrassing Hewlett rip-offs.
5. Quentin Blake - I get compared to Quentin Blake a lot, and though I can't say his style is something I emulate, his approach certainly is. I've read a lot about his process and his attitudes towards illustration, and it's helped me feel more comfortable in my own drawing skin, so to speak.
6. Hergé - If I could draw lines that clean, and figures so precise, you bet I would. Hergé had a lot of comic chops I don't think people give him enough credit for. And when I think, you know, "what does a comic look like?", I think Tintin.
7. Aubrey Beardsley - In a library, I found some books on Beardsley and at first I mixed him up with Leo and Diane Dillon, because in the days when people lived in small villages with no internet you basically fumbled around in the dark until finally, magically, a book fell into your hands that was just what you wanted and that would take a modern teenager five seconds to look up on google. I sorted it out eventually. Beardsley is a master of my favorite kind of art - pen and ink with gorgeous lines and blacks.
8. Ronald Searle - When I found Searle's work, I thought I had hit some kind of cartoonist jackpot and scoured around for everything I could find by the man. I thought myself to be rather clever and informed until it turned out that every cartoonist there ever is and was has been influenced by Ronald Searle. He's a great artist, of course, but most importantly, he's just so damn funny.
9. Carson Ellis - When I color, I want to color like her. When I draw letters, I want to draw her letters. When I want a drawing to evoke a feeling, I want it to do so in the same way I feel when I look at her illustrations. She's a master.
10. Bruce MacKinnon - He's been the editorial cartoonist for the Halifax Herald for as long as I can remember. When I think caricature, when I go to draw one, I remember that I sort of learned what you're supposed to do by watching him.
11. Beryl Antonia Yeoman, “Anton” - I think she's a bit unknown these days, I'm guessing because when I bought a book of hers online it had to be shipped from Australia. If that's so, it's a shame. I found Anton in a Punch collection and her work stood out to me, she draws amazingly crafted cartoons. They read so well, and they're so funny. I see a lot of influence from her in my work these days.
12. Charles Addams - I'm a relative newcomer to Charles Addams, but when I started to submit cartoons for the New Yorker I went over a lot of the old collections, Addams' especially. How well drafted they are and how quirky, the beautiful washes and characters and the use of humor, his drawings taught me a lot.