Influence Map Picture

I felt like trying out one of those Influence Maps, since I try to draw influence from a lot of different things and I felt people would be interested in seeing some of the things that I tend to be influenced by. I had trouble trying to come up with how to actually handle it, however, since not only do I try to find inspiration in about everything that I really like and I consider a ton of things influential, but I also didn't want to exactly follow the format I was given with this. So as such, this is what I'm going with for now. And also, I haven’t shown a lot of these influences in my work yet, but hopefully I will be able to create some things that do show some of these inspirations more.

Anyways, here is a (far from complete) list of of my big influences:

Walt Disney Animation- Disney was a big part of my childhood growing up, to the point where I even did two biographies on Walt Disney himself in 2nd grade and in middle school, and while I like some of their live action stuff, with the strong exception of the tween garbage that is shown on the Disney Channel, of course, I think what makes the company for me is the animated shorts, shows, and movies produced by the animation studio. Walt Disney was more of an animation producer and visionary rather than an actual animator or cartoonist, but his studios have spawned and influenced a ton of talented artists, storywriters, animators, directors, producers, and others over the years. While I might want to watch some of these shows and movies again to see how they hold up, I still know that I love Disney and that the numerous artists from the company have been a huge influence on me and on other animators.

Tex Avery- One of the funniest cartoon directors in the history of animation. His shorts for Warner Bros. were great, but he really hit his stride with his MGM shorts. I've always loved the vast majority of his productions for their wild humor and Tex's philosophy that, in order to get a laugh, animation and cartoons have to go beyond live-action and anything a human actor can do, and that cartoons could and SHOULD do anything. Even if some of the gags are kinda dated and a few of his shorts fell flat, (The Farm Of Tomorrow, anyone?) he was a pro at smashing the fourth wall, stretching gags to their comedic limit, and utilizing some of the most over the top reactions and takes ever.

Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones- My favorite Looney Tunes creators. I’d put Looney Tunes in general, for their ingenious and lively comedy, fantastic animation, wacky art styles, and their unique and timeless characters, but I selected these two because they created some of the best shorts to come from Termite Terrace. Bob Clampett really added the "Looney" in "Looney Tunes" with his bizarre squash and stretch animation and often surreal set pieces and designs, and Chuck Jones was responsible for a lot of the clever writing, creativity, stylized design, and expressive animation, as well as creating some of the studio’s most iconic shorts. Both made a name for themselves after their stay at the studios, but Chuck Jones wound up having the more diverse career afterwards, working on everything from How The Grinch Stole Christmas to Tom and Jerry. I love the Looney Tunes made by others like Robert McKimson and Friz Freleng as well, but these two practically epitomize what made Looney Tunes so brilliantly hilarious and influential.

Golden Age Animation And Cartoons In General- I really have a soft spot for Golden Age Animation. Even if some of the shorts were corny and stupid, there were still a lot of great aspects to them, including creative animation, appealing designs, imaginative gags, and all-around innovative and groundbreaking methods. The Fleischer Bros., for instance, managed to be truly creative rivals of Disney during the 1930s, by pioneering a lot of animation techniques, like rotoscoping, innovation in sound and color, and even using three-dimensional backgrounds in some of their cartoons. Either ways, I try to search for influence from a lot of these cartoons, not just Fleischer, but Winsor McCay, Walter Lantz, and many others, and I feel a lot of aspiring cartoonists can learn a lot from the masters.

Doug TenNapel- I've been a huge fan of this guy ever since I got into the video games he created, like Earthworm Jim and The Neverhood games, and I've been exposed to a lot of his cartoons, graphic novels, and other works over the years. Often times I tend to evoke some of his work whenever I sketch, because I really love his deranged designs, his imaginative concepts, and his knack of versatility, not to mention his sense of humor and his well-written stories, and he really seems to have a special knack when it comes to storytelling, in that it often tends to combine his faith in Christianity with more mainstream material and manages to do it subtly, rather than in-your-face, and any religious undertones used don’t even prevent the enjoy-ability of his work or some of his more outrageous jokes and action scenes. If I were to become a more “Christian” based creator, as well as someone that was able to create really great stories with great artwork, I’d definitely want to be like him.

John Kricfalusi- I have major mixed feelings about the guy. I love his wild cartoons and animation, and I do sort of credit him as being part of the reason I got really interested into the field, but I hate a lot of his opinions and other flaws, like his tendency to blame others, his hypocrisy, and his overall stance against modern cartoons. Yeah, I know about some of the problems about today's animation, but take your fuckin' nostalgia goggles off for once in your life and be a little more open-minded, John! Needless to say, even with his glaring ego flaws, I still like the guy and his work, especially on his initial run on Ren & Stimpy, one of my personal favorite Nicktoons, and a few of his other projects. And of course, his company Spumco has taken in a lot of deranged talents and allowed them to express their truly outlandish animation creativity.

Joe Murray- Creator of one of the best Nicktoons ever made, Rocko's Modern Life, a show that still manages to hold up really well upon repeated viewings, even watching them at this day and age. When I looked up more on the guy, I was surprised to find that he was very knowledgeable in how to create shows and come up with characters and that kinda thing. If I could, I think it would be cool to take some of his online classes. But as of the moment, I’m sure his book “Creating Animated Cartoons With Character” will do as well, and I definitely hope to learn from that.

Bill Plympton- One of the most prolific and talented indie animation creators in the field. I love his deranged sense of humor, his great animation, and his imaginative concepts. I think he handles the concept of limited animation much better than Hanna-Barbera did, heck, better than most other limited animation creators did, by combining the frame rate of limited animation with the drawing principles and visual tricks of full animation and I also consider him my big introduction to the notion of adult animation and indie animation. His new book “Making Toons That Sell Without Selling Out” is a very fascinating guide on how to do things the way he managed to do it.

Homestar Runner- One of the funniest Flash series ever made. The Brothers Chaps knew how to combine surreal humor with an atmosphere that has a nostalgic feel to it, and with Homestar, we have a lot of quirky geometric artwork, unique characters, and overactive imagination. Another thing that makes it so great is that it satirizes our world while creating its own outrageous take on it. I love its sense of humor and design, and even though the site's currently on hiatus, I enjoy this series and I await its return.

Independent Animation- Seeing animation from outside of the mainstream is always fascinating, as it proves what can be made when an animator works outside of the typical Hollywood system, be it through shorts or movies. Depicted is one of my personal favorite shorts from the National Film Board of Canada, The Cat Came Back.

Jim Henson (and Puppetry and Animatronics in general)- Jim Henson was a truly amazing and creative puppeteer, making everything from Muppet characters for The Muppet Show and Sesame Street to creating loads of amazing animatronics at his Creature Shop. I love puppetry and animatronics in general, but Jim Henson and his group of Muppeteers in particular amaze me the most with their talents.

Stop-Motion/Claymation- I’ve always had a huge fascination with stop motion, and especially claymation, which allowed for a lot of creativity, due to the malleability of the plasticine it was made with. Along with Art Clokey’s iconic creation Gumby (pictured here), I love Will Vinton, Aardman Animation, and of course, the clay mation games from The Neverhood, among others. Heck, me and my brother have tried our hand at making some claymation of our own (mine went a little too fast, most of the time, although my brother felt I had better designs,) and at one point we even helped in making a clay animated film at the National Children's Museum in Washington D.C. one summer.

Music- Whenever I listen to music of any kind, especially rock music, I can imagine many things happening, depending on mood or melody. Whenever I listen, sometimes I can imagine lively moving animated images like a music video, either objective or abstract, and I can often find what I consider to be the perfect atmosphere or feeling for something just by listening to certain songs. I have an eclectic taste in music, and while I like just about anything, I prefer rock and pop music ranging from the late 50s-early 90s, and even a little after those periods, but I choose to stick close to the more retro sounds, as those are the ones that stand out to me more than the majority of modern bands. I chose one of my favorite bands, The Beatles, to represent this genre for two reasons: first of all, they accomplished more in one decade than most artists could ever hope to do in their entire careers, and second, because they epitomize rock & roll innovators to a T.

DeviantART- Seriously, the many different artists on DA have influenced me and allowed for me to improve on my skills. Heck, I found out about this site from Vaporotem, who did a humorous series of comics of the Sonic characters as kids. Since then, I have been making a few friends that are fellow artists and browsing the site looking for those whose artwork interests me the most. And of course, a ton of great artists who have made careers for themselves also have accounts here, like Brianne Drouhard, Tom Bancroft, and Craig McCracken. This site is a cesspool of artists ranging from talented and not-so-talented, from aspiring to experienced, and there are too many to list, so let me just say that I consider this a great art community (most of the time.)

Jim Davis- One of my favorite comic strips growing up was Garfield. I never understand why people tend to have issues against Garfield, since it’s honestly a more tolerable comic than, say, The Lockhorns. Besides, I’ve often tried my hand at drawing some of the characters as a kid, and I love the zany factor that the artwork in Garfield productions, strip or otherwise, tend to contain.

Bill Watterson- Creator of one of the greatest comics strips ever to be put in the funny papers, Calvin and Hobbes. Like Garfield, this is one I loved a lot as a kid, and I still look back at it from time to time, admiring the artwork and the humor and hoping to emulate it. I really wish I knew where Bill Watterson was now, as he was a master who sadly quit before his time and hasn’t made himself heard since, if at all. I’m sure that’s how he might have wanted it, but seriously, Bill, do you realize how huge of an impact this comic has had on millions of readers like me?

Charles Schultz- Honestly, who doesn’t love Charles Schultz and his timeless cast of characters? And honestly, who hasn’t been influenced by him, either? I don’t usually read him as much as I used to, but I do remember really enjoying a lot of these strips and being influenced by them.

Gary Larson- The Far Side was probably one of my earlier introductions to a more “adult sense of humor,” since Gary Larson’s cartoons had a tendency to get pretty dark and edgy. There have been a lot of funny gag cartoons that have emulated this style, but The Far Side still remains the best one-panel comic by far.

Berkeley Breathed- Creator of Bloom County, Outland, Opus, and many children’s books, Berkeley’s work tends to be quite an influence with me at times, especially since his illustrations are so fun to look at, and the children’s book illustrations especially are mesmerizing.

Dr. Seuss- Probably the greatest children's book author/illustrator in the business. I really enjoy his whimsical and memorable rhymes and his creative stories, but I especially love the imaginative artwork, which is incredible in terms of design and in atmosphere. He fascinated me as a kid and he still fascinates me now.

Lane Smith and Jon Scieszka- One of my earlier exposures to the deranged side of comedy and artwork. I've always enjoyed Lane Smith's stylistically bizarre illustrations and Jon Scieszka's outlandish sense of humor, especially when it comes to parodying fairy tales and that kinda thing. These guys really knew how to make reading fun, especially for kids.

Dav Pilkey- As a kid, I’ve often tried my hand at drawing some of the Captain Underpants characters with the tutorials that often came in the books, and I also loved Dav’s sense of humor, a great fusion of clever and witty with childish and crude. Needless to say, when it comes to children’s book authors/illustrators, he’s definitely one of my favorites. And need I forget the simple two-page book equivalent of animation, Flip-O-Rama?

Bill Peet- Former Disney story artist turned children’s book author and illustrator, I remember reading and enjoying quite a few of his works as a kid, and reading/re-reading some of them now has allowed for me to discover why these are so beloved in the first place. He certainly seemed to know how to create enjoyable stories and characters, which is most likely part of the reason he got onto the story-developing department at Disney. Bill especially did great artwork, with unique designs and memorably strong posing that I could easily picture being animated.

Gris Grimly- This guy is basically what Tim Burton would have been like if he had stuck to improving his illustration skills. Heck, this guy is basically like the modern equivalent of the late Maurice Sendak, if Sendak was obsessed with horror movies and he allowed his artwork to become THIS outlandish. Ever since reading his take on Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio, I have become fascinated with seeing more of his art. I love his expressively bizarre drawings, and I think it would be cool to learn his style, even though I feel like some of my quick sketches do kinda evoke him at times. But yeah, his work is awesome. I’m not a fan of horror films, but I still love dark, edgy, and macabre stuff a lot, regardless of that, and a lot of that can be found in his children’s books. As of now, he has a Deviantart account, so click here to check out some of his delightfully demented artwork: [link]

Osamu Tezuka- My personal favorite mangaka, Tezuka was incredibly prolific and versatile as an artist and writer, with artwork that drew influence from American cartoons like Disney and combining it with aspects of what would eventually become the manga of today, and stories that ranged from funny and light-hearted to dark and tragic, with works containing themes aimed at both children and adults. He’s influenced me to branch out artistically in character design, graphic artwork, and story creation. He’s known as the “God Of Manga” for a reason.

Hayao Miyazaki & Studio Ghibli- While people have cited him as the “Walt Disney of Anime,” I classify him and Studio Ghibli more like “Japan’s equivalent to Pixar.” When I say this, I mean that Hayao Miyazaki has a quality standard when it comes to the animation artwork and the storytelling, and needless to say, most of his films are just fantastic. I haven’t seen most of the Ghibli work outside of his, but considering how I’ve enjoyed most of Miyazaki’s work so far, I’m interested in checking out more of the work from the others at the studio.

Anime/Manga- While I’m not an otaku and I’m still on the search for good series and movies, I really love the Japanese styles of story, character, imagination, and storytelling that is often displayed in these series. And the visually appealing artwork doesn’t hurt matters, either, especially for those that stand out from the typical “manga/anime” style in some way, either blatantly or subtly. In terms of animation, well, while not all of them have spectacular animation, I find a lot of the really fluid and creative animation from certain series, films and studios in general to be pretty inspiring as well.

Mad Magazine- Comic magazines like Disney Adventures and Nickelodeon Magazine have been a huge influence in general, but the sharp wit of Mad is the most brilliantly satirical, mocking everything from politics to entertainment to THEMSELVES. And of course, their Hall-Of-Fame of funny artists is stocked with some really great notable names. Some of my favorites include Don Martin, Sergio Aragones, Al Jaffee, Paul Coker, Jr., Mort Drucker, and the artist that got me introduced to this magazine, Antonio Prohias of Spy Vs. Spy fame/infamy.

Satirical Critics- People like The Angry Video Game Nerd (pictured here), The Nostalgia Critic, The Cinema Snob, Linkara, and others have demonstrated pointing out the good and the bad of what they review while at the same time poking fun at it. The Angry Video Game Nerd is especially this to me, not only because he was the first of these critics I came across, but the guy behind him is James Rolfe, who I cite as being “The Pop Culture Fanatic’s Pop Culture Fanatic.” Being a huge pop culture fanatic myself, I tend to be fascinated at not only his knowledge on what makes good and bad games, but also by the fact that he is a movie fanatic as well, since he’s been making films since he was a kid and he also has a surprising amount of knowledge and passion for both mediums: movies and video games.

Gerald Scarfe- In spite of being a caricature artist, he’s most famous for doing animation for Pink Floyd: The Wall and designs for Disney’s Hercules, and I am absolutely fascinated with how distorted and grotesque he tends to make everything. I consider caricature artists in general a huge influence, but I love Scarfe’s outlandish work in general.

Video Games- Even though I haven’t played many as of late, I consider video games an influence, not only because I’ve often come up with some of my own ideas for video games as a kid, but also because the designs for series like Mario, Sonic, Crash Bandicoot, Spyro The Dragon, and Kirby, among many others, have been sort of an artistic influence for me in general. I’ve been exposed to other games and consoles, of course, but I put the Playstation logo up because that was the system I grew up with.

Mystery Science Theater 3000- In my opinion, the greatest TV comedy ever made. I mean, seriously, it’s a show that pokes fun at bad movies and points out why they suck. How can you go wrong with that?

Monty Python- I was reluctant about seeing Monty Python and The Holy Grail as a kid, for some reason, but by the time I got to the Black Knight scene, I was totally sucked in. Since then, I’ve grown to enjoy the deranged, surreal humor of Monty Python through other venues, like Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Even if some of the sketches are boring or don’t really work, the ones that were the most funny were usually very memorable. I haven’t seen everything by them yet, but I’m still interested enough to check them out. And of course, I have a soft spot for Terry Gilliam’s utterly goofy animated sequences, and if I could, I would love to see more of his cartoon artwork. I’m not a huge fan of his movies, since I expected more “Python-esque” humor from them, among other things, (although I did enjoy Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas and The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen), but I felt that a lot of them had a really great, surreal and imaginative atmosphere, as well as incredible designs, concepts, and sets.

Matt Groening- A lot of people have compared some of my artwork to The Simpsons. And yeah, while I haven’t been a big fan of the show for a while, I do admit they sort of count as an influence for me and my artwork and humor, as I’ve tried my hand at drawing them quite a bit. It’s been a while since I was into The Simpsons and Futurama, but I should probably try checking them out again at some point, since I do like what I’ve seen and what I know of them thus far.

Mike Dietz- One of the most underrated names in animation. He's lent his incredibly fluid and bouncy animation to a lot of Doug TenNapel's projects and SNES/Sega Genesis games, among other things. When I tried my hand at Flash animation and showed some of them to my brother, he noted that my work seemed to draw from Mike Dietz, and considering my love for The Neverhood games, yeah, I could kinda see that in there. Even then, if you want a preview of his work, check out his web page ([link]) or the web page for his animation company, Slappy Pictures ([link]), and give his showreel a watch to get a glimpse at some of the different projects he's worked on. (His showreel can be found here as well: [link])

Mythology, Fairy Tales and Folklore- To observe how people back then interpreted their world is always fascinating, considering how they’ve come up with all these gods, heroes, creatures, monsters, and other events to explain how things happened before science changed things is proof as to how imaginative and creative people could be and were back then, and it’s nice to know that there are still people out there who utilize these myths as an influence for other things, like superhero characters and that stuff. And of course, fairy tales and folklore is often a great source of inspiration that works that same way as well. Sure, they tend to be pretty simple and straightforward, but there’s definitely a rich story ready to be developed from these, as creators like Disney have proved.

Richard Williams- This guy is not only one of the greatest names in the animation business, he is in every sense a perfectionist animator. The guy has a lot of knowledge on how to animate, and his unsuccessful and incomplete film The Thief And The Cobbler and his book The Animator’s Survival Guide are both great demonstrations of that knowledge. However, one of his other big achievements was directing the animation for Who Framed Roger Rabbit, a movie that is a practically flawless combination of live-action and animation.

Pixar- I know others like Dreamworks and Blue Sky Studios are on the CGI bandwagon, but Pixar was, and still is, the best CGI animation studio out there, in my opinion. I’m not a huge fan of the medium, but I love how the creators at Pixar, ranging from John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Brad Bird, and Andrew Stanton, have instilled such heart and soul into soulless machinery and graphics. Even with the occasional weak spot (the Cars films, Brave), its films have won the hearts of millions for a reason, since not only is the quality of the animation great, but so is the quality of the storytelling.

Weird Al Yankovic- Ever since I’ve heard Al’s work, I’ve been a huge fan of him. He’s influenced my diverse taste in music, he’s influenced my sense of humor and parody, and I love how, even if he does a lot of parodies of both songs and styles, he’s able to go between genres and do his own warped takes on any style of music. Seriously, along with David Bowie and Linda Ronstadt, this guy is one of the true musical “chameleons.” He’s done polka, rock, pop, New Wave, heavy metal, blues, doo-wop, 20s & 30s style music, R&B, hip-hop/rap, alternative, folk, country, and all of them effectively fused with his sense of comedic wit and parody. And if anything, I would love to be able to do a few animated music videos some of his songs. What else can I say but “dare to be stupid.”

Milt Kahl, Ward Kimball, Frank Thomas, Ollie Johnston, Glen Keane, and Eric Goldberg- Some of my favorite Disney animators. There are a lot of great animators and artists that have worked at the Mouse house, of course, like Ub Iwerks, Fred Moore, Bill Tytla, Chris Sanders, Andreas Deja, and Tom Bancroft, to name a few, and I do consider them sort of an influence as well, but when it comes to Disney animation, these are the guys who tend to come to mind the most. Milt Kahl’s legendary draftsmanship has been championed among the studio, Ward Kimball’s wacky and deranged work added a lot of hilarity to the earlier films, and Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston had a friendship so well-known that there was a documentary made on them and their work (which I own and have watched, by the way.) These four were part of Disney’s Nine Old Men, Walt’s top directing animators (the other five: Wolfgang Reitherman, John Lounsbery, Marc Davis, Eric Larson, and Les Clark) back when he used to run the studio. All nine have sadly passed on, but in their places, some new animators had taken the helm, two of them being Glen Keane, the talented animator responsible for a wide range of characters, from Ratigan to Ariel to Marahute to the Beast to Aladdin to Tarzan, and Eric Goldberg, the wacky mind behind the Genie and the Rhapsody in Blue segment, among others.

Tyler Kemp (My Brother)- I consider my older brother a big influence on my interests. He influenced my cartooning, my sense of humor, my taste in music, and my overall outlook on life. He originally drew cartoons himself, and while he still sketches sometimes, he’s traded that interest of cartooning in for music theory and composition, but he still has a huge appreciation for cartoons, movies, and TV shows of all kinds. He came up with a ton of quirky characters, jokes and designs that I’ve often tried to copy for my own work. Some of his many creations over the years included The Pencil Thief, (pictured here) a thief with an obsession with pencils created from an incident involving an art teacher of ours, Bumper Man, a clumsy superhero who constantly slammed into walls and was somehow inspired by a figurine of The Noid, The Five Senses based on, of course, the five senses, and several others. At some point, I might show some of his sketches. Some of them are incredibly goofy and odd, others are kinda stupid, and others are really funny, but I feel they are imaginative and bizarre enough to serve as something of an influence. Needless to say, no matter what he interest he takes up, no matter how often he tends to bug me, I still think he’s awesome.

Retro Advertising- I have a major soft spot for advertising in the 20th century, like print ads and TV commercials, since they came up with such memorable characters and memorable ways to promote their product, while still entertaining the audience at the same time. I mentioned 20th century advertising, because let’s be honest, the majority of advertising in the new century has degenerated to crap, and they try way too hard, and it just feels more streamlined, artificial and annoying. The older commercials actually felt more genuine to me. If I were ever hired to make animated commercials, I’d make them more like the commercials of yesteryear, be they the retro simplicity of the 50s and 60s or the flashy awesomeness of the 80s or 90s.

Michel Gagne- I hadn’t learned about this guy until lately, but before learning of his creative and often deranged images, I knew about him through his incredible effects animation for films like The Iron Giant, Quest For Camelot, Ratatouille, and Osmosis Jones, where he also animated one of the most disturbingly insane and over-the-top villain deaths ever, a scene that I find to be awesomely twisted, no matter how many times I see it: [link] His animation and illustration skills for other things are great as well, such as his work for The Saga Of Rex (featured in the incredible graphic novel anthology series, Flight) and he’s got me interested in experimenting with effects animation and otherworldly designs.

Foreign Cartoons- I always tend to find cartoons that were made in countries outside of the US fascinating. Not just anime/manga, but all over the world, there are different characters and creators that tend to catch my interest somehow, and considering how different other cultures are and the different guidelines and taboos that they have, it’s interesting to see the kind of stuff such countries come up with, as well as get away with. Not to mention, a lot of these are very funny and full of unique art styles and methods that other cartoonists could draw influence from. I usually get upset whenever I hear about stuff like this not getting enough recognition in America, because I feel more people should learn about such unique cartoons and with proper translation, I figure some of these could definitely find an audience outside of their respective countries. Pictured is Space Goofs, a Fox Kids cartoon I really enjoyed in my youth from France animation companies Gaumont and Xilam, produced by Marc du Pontavice and created by Jean-Yves Raimbaud. (If anything, Raimbaud might be something of an influence to me as well.) Other great examples are Mauricio De Sousa’s Monica’s Gang from Brazil and Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo’s Asterix from France.

Newgrounds- While I haven’t been on there in a long time, I remember enjoying a lot of the animations that were found on Newgrounds and wanting to create some of my own, if I had the technology for that, be they the ones that used those old video game sprites, Flash, or even clay animation, and they demonstrated some great creativity that I might consider learning more from. Like Deviantart, it’s a great cesspool for talented artists online.

More Influences
Charles Zembillas (the original designer of Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon), Brianne Drouhard, Shel Silverstein, Closing Logos for Movies and TV, Stephen Hillenburg, Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, Tim Burton, Don Bluth, Steven Spielburg, Jay Ward, Hanna-Barbera (to a degree,) Flight graphic novels, Judd Winick, Jamie Hewlett, Walt Kelly, Jeff Smith, George Herriman, Patrick McDonnell, Mark O'Hare, David Feiss, Danny Antonucci, Youtube Poop, LittleKuriboh and TeamFourStar, animals, and… you know what? I’m always on the search of influences of any kind.

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