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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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dryponder Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
EXCELLENT influence list, Tom! Man, this meme really turned out to be something awesome.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks man. Yeah, I agree, it was a great idea. We all love our heroes.
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dryponder Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Posted some love for DCU Elementary over at [link] today, btw! ;)
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks so much for the cool mention Dean. I had tons of page views yesterday, so I assume that's cause of you!
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DeadDog2007 Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i gotta agree with you on charles schulz and john byrne (especially his fant four run)
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Lucca-Majere Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
OMG Bill Peet! <3333
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SycrosD4 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Great!
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DanSchoening Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Excellent list of muse Tom! All great picks!
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mikemaihack Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010  Professional General Artist
oh my gosh. i forgot waterson. shame on me.
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KileyBeecher Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh man! nice list! Yeah I see some of these in your stuff! It's interesting to see how people are influenced by these greats and still be unique in their own right. Really nice work!
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crazy3dman Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Artist
Great list
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Yuko-Sempai Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Very impressive of a list! I'm happy that I know a good number of them!! And I love a lot of them as well and their works. I understand why Bruce Timm isn't there, for me he would be but I hadn't had nearly enough experience I don't think to do one of these.
And just because this just baffled my mind...you know Mark Henn?! That's awesome. I adore his drawings. It's so awesome to hear he's your friend and mentor. Wow...

Great influence map! :D
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torquesmacky Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I'll bet you actually own the originals to all those drawings.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I wish. But others, from some of these guys. some....
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willy238 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Don Martin really was bloody brilliant.
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coNstantine2530 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Student Filmographer
Awesome. Why is Ariel dragging a sheep in the ocean? o_o haha
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I don't know either. I found it online (it was a gift drawing) and I figured I'd use it since most people hadn't seen it.
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jorzac Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
That is a great list, but TUMBLEWEEDS??!? WoW, I remember as a kid moving to Milwaukee Wis., and of course instead of worrying about alla the friends I'll miss, I always checked the local paper to see what strips they had. (HA!) And there I discovered Tumbleweeds. Thanx for the trip down memory lane, that is sumthing I haven't thought about in years.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Hey, it was really original character design. The guy had a clean, unique style. I liked "obtainable and clean" drawing styles as a kid. I think we all do at that age since we really don't sketch, we trace or draw with one line.
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ShifuDaxiongmao Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Glen Keane ought to be on more Influence Maps.

I buy "the art of" books to any feature length animated movie I know he has done work on. I just love watching his style. So much life, energy and movement in it.

Can't you convince him to make a "how to" book? :)
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RoCueto Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Kahl for the f'in WIN :ahoy:
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Boyann Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
Very bold, very sincere and thoroughly enjoyable.
Apart from C.Shulz [sorry, I'm more of a Dik Browne person] I agree with most of your choices.
And THANK GOD there's no Jack Kirby, may he rest in peace.
Thank you.
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StardustDragon Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010
I suspected Ketchum and Keane, a few of these artists are new to me though.

Thats what I love about this meme, it leads to new discoveries.
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DarylT Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
That's a list.
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Chelo-kun Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
You, sir, has probably made the most impressive list I've seen.
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks. I just wish I drew like all of them!
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Shannanigan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
I did the same thing with mine... focused on influences that inspired me early on while I was developing my own "style". Because to list all of the people who's art I love would be impossible! It was fun... and I love looking at all of them!! :D

I love Rankin-Bass... especially Mad Monster Party!!
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TimTownsend Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional General Artist
Now THATS a list!
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
Thanks Tim, you do one yet?
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DanielAraya Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Bill Waterson! I feel stupid for not including him now
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tombancroft Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2010  Professional Filmographer
I almost did too. He was a last minute addition, but a real "doh" moment.
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