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Inspiration Map_ Bancroft by tombancroft Inspiration Map_ Bancroft by tombancroft
I like the idea of these "Influence Maps" because we artists are a passionate bunch. We get all weepy eyed when we think about those artistic heroes that influenced us and got us so hooked into this strange love relationship.

I had a hard time with this because there are so many. At the same time, some were obvious stand outs that I HAD to have in there. The hardest part was drawing a line between "influence" and "fan of" artists. I stuck with the definition of influence being people that I learned from and/or got me hooked in my formitive years. So, I tried to concentrate on my youth through college primarily. That's why Adam Hughes, Bruce Timm, and a few other obvious loves of mine are not there. They came later.
You'll notice there are inspirations from all of my artistic loves: animation, comic strips, illustration, and comic books. That's my speech on how I got to this. Old school baby!

Here's the list (and they are not in order):
1- Gil Kane
2- Bill Peet
3- Glen Keane
4- Paul Cocker Jr. (and Rankin-Bass since he did all their designs)
5- Bill Waterson
6-Charles Shulz (the first and mightiest!)
7- Sergio Aragones
8- Don Martin
9- Norman Rockwell
10- Tom K. Ryan (I'm still not sure why, but I love Tumbleweeds!)
11- John Byrne (Best comic artist. Ever.)
12- Mark Henn (my friend and mentor for many years!)
13- Hank Ketchum (best comic strip artist. Ever.)
14- Milt Kahl (Best animator of all time)
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jantze Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Artist
I LOVE this idea, Tom. I'll have to generate a map as well.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Put me in it, you know, for honesty.
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finkybeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional
Awesome Map Tom
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bennaroosky Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
I would LOVE to see your renditions of some of these characters. :D

Also, what's Ariel dancing with in Glen's sketch? It looks like a...sheep? X)
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Professional Filmographer
It is a sheep. I assume it was for a certain someone and there was a story behind it. I found it online and hadn't seen it before.
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ThatAmericanSlacker Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Student Filmographer
Looks like we have some in common, Tom! (2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 12, 14)
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CaracalFire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost died when I saw Bill Peet. *w* Love him and his books.
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dagracey Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Hey there Tom!

I've wandered through your work a couple of times now(beautiful work by the way, as always) and came across your "Inspiration Map" and just had to comment. I think it's an excellent idea! I often think back to my early days as a budding artist and to those artists that inspired and influenced me along the way. Like you they are many and varied. You've inspired me to work up a chart of my own!

Cheers, Dan
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Cool Dan! Looking forward to seeing yours. I bet its got a few illustrators on it I left off mine. Hey, if you think you are ready/done with your DA page, I'd like to do a blurb on it in a Journal so I can drive people over to look at your stuff!
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Mushmeister67 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Filmographer
Wonderful map, but I thought some of the "Looney Tunes" guys would make it. Also, I thought Bill Peet was Maurice Sendack. Makes me wanna put "Tumbleweeds" on my map.
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