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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.
tombancroft Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Professional Filmographer
Put me in it, you know, for honesty.
finkybeatnik Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2012  Professional
Awesome Map Tom
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)
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.
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)
CaracalFire Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I almost died when I saw Bill Peet. *w* Love him and his books.
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
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!
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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