Influence Map Picture

I decided to do this. It was not easy, since... I fail at memes like these, and I'd prefer not to do them because choosing who/what influences me is SO DIFFICULT.

Lewis Carroll / Alice in Wonderland: This should come as no surprise. I've been fascinated by Alice in Wonderland for quite a few years now and this interest has only grown for each year that have passed. I love Carroll's nonsense poems and I love his puns. The dream-like quality which Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass have is not unique, but these two books are certainly some of the more well-known examples of the dream world that may seem illogical at first, but which upon closer inspection has a logic of its own. In fact I would say that AiW/TtLG is way more logical than the real world, but I digress... Though I have yet to finish reading his biography (there is way too many books lying on my bedside table waiting to be read. So many books, so. little. time.) I have to say that what I know about him so far is enough to make me admire him.
I can only hope that I can come up with as phenomenal nonsense poems as Carroll's one day.

2. The Megaten games and their art/soundtracks: And here comes some art influences. I played my first Megaten game... what was it, two years ago? It was Digital Devil Saga, and it was a very different gaming experience for me. I was no stranger to RPG:s but I believe that my first encounter with the Megaten series was when I became truly "blessed"; it was so vastly different from any Final Fantasy I had ever played, the graphics were stunning (though some people complain that there's not enough variation in the level designs, I don't see any problem with it, I'm not sure why, but I love the so-called 'linear level designs'), it was vastly more difficult than Final Fantasy, there were demons, and it was a bizarre, obscure game.
I loved it.
Shin Megami Tensei also made me become interested in Demonology and mythology in general.

3. Hunter x Hunter: Another art influence, both the Anime and the Manga. It's a Shonen series, something which I've avoided recently, but Hunter x Hunter caught my interest. I fail to put my finger on it, but it was different from the typical Shonen series I'd seen before. It was darker, and I think the comic is slightly bizarre at times... at least Hisoka's face is.

4. Eraserhead: I was contemplating on putting David Lynch and his work here, but since I have pretty much only viewed Eraserhead and small bits of his other works, I didn't feel that doing so would be right. I have to say that his work does intrigue me though and that I look forward to watching more of his movies/tv series, like Twin Peaks.
When I watched Eraserhead I immediately felt that it would be a different experience than your typical blockbuster could provide. The atmosphere was nightmarish, bewildering, and random. Just like a dream (can you see a pattern in my influences?). There were times when I laughed out loud - like the scene with the tiny chickens - only to shortly afterwards sit there with an uncomfortable lump in my stomach. The scene that sticks out the most is when the woman in the radiator sings, I don't think I can ever get that scene, and that song, out of my head. It's haunting. That's really all I can say about it. It's very difficult to describe this movie in words, or in any other ways.
And not to forget that baby. Dear god.
I love it when you come across films that aren't your typical Hollywood flick, I like to find something new and interesting, provoking and suggestive.

To quote another of my influences: "I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us. If the book we are reading doesn't wake us up with a blow on the head, what are we reading it for? ...we need the books that affect us like a disaster, that grieve us deeply, like the death of someone we loved more than ourselves, like being banished into forests far from everyone, like a suicide. A book must be the axe for the frozen sea inside us."

5. Salvador Dalí: Another art influence. Even though there might not be many traces of Dalí in my art... I still think he's a great surrealist.

6. The Dark Tower series: I didn't like the first book in this series much at all, but I continued reading the books and they're now amongst my top favourites. I believe they showed me that there are no limitations to writing, or really anything that has with art to do - I think at the time I began to read these books I was very concerned with my writing; "Can I write this? Does it make sense? Is it possible to actually do something like that? Will people like it, will they understand?", and even though I still have some issues with these questions, I've now realized that the essence of writing is imagination. I will not listen to someone who says "This is pure nonsense!" (which I would take as a compliment nowadays) "This is impossible!" Art, to me, is mostly about what we cannot achieve in real life. It is about fantasy, about wonderful, magical things that can only exist in our minds.
Why shouldn't we write about what cannot happen in reality? Why should we write about the dull and the common, about what we see every day, when we can simply raise our head and look around in order to see the grey world around us? I read books in order to get away from my reality, not to delve deeper into it (except on a few occasions).

7. Franz Kafka: Another influence for my writings. I haven't read all of Kafka's work yet, but The Castle made me a fan of him and I love the various quotes of his that I've read. I love the mysterious, bizarre feeling in his books. Kafkaesque, indeed.

8. Crispin Hellion Glover: I first got to know about this guy's existence when I watched Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, and from the first time I saw the teaser trailer for the film I immediately noticed the Knave of Hearts and thought he looked like an interesting character, but didn't think much about him until I got to watch the movie for the first time. Ilosovic Stayne was a creepy and awesome villain, and slowly after seeing the movie I began to find out more about the actor himself. I learned that he'd done more than acting; he'd written books, directed/written a couple of own movies, and done a few songs as well (I saw a clown, stood on a mound, started barking like a hound!), though of course his acting is the most note-worthy of all these.

I don't care all that much for actors. There are a few that I like more than others, but Glover is the only one which has interested me this much. I love the roles I've seen him play so far, which isn't very surprising since he often plays eccentric characters. I also have to admire his dedication when directing It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine! and What Is It? At least I know that What Is It? had to be particularly difficult to make, since the majority of the actors had Down's Syndrome. I think that with It Is Fine. Everything Is Fine! Glover wanted to show that just because you have Cerebral Palsy, it doesn't mean that you can't be a cruel person like those who are not bound to a wheelchair - feel free to correct me on this because I haven't watched the movie, but I think I saw an interview where he stated something like this.
I would love to watch those movies. I've seen the trailer and those alone were special, to say the least.

9. Myself (and Klo): LOL YES. I put myself as an influence, just 'cause. And also ~Klomonx because she's my clone.

10. Suits, and top hats, and bow ties and...: I love fancy clothes like these, and so a lot of my character seem to wear these kinds of clothes. The clothes makes the man/woman.

11. Ginga Nagareboshi Gin: It's pretty obvious that GNG has inspired my drawing style when it comes to canines. My style might have changed a tad recently but I think there will always be a trace of Yoshihiro Takahashi's rather unique style (at least I don't think there were anyone else with the same style as his when he first began drawing Shiroi Senshi Yamato). I like his older style, and not the one he currently have. Urk.

12. The Crüxshadows: And now for some music! The Crüxshadows is most likely my favourite band right now. There isn't a single song of theirs that I hate and I love listening to them while drawing.

13. The Killing Joke: Art influence. I don't like American comics all that much, but I love The Killing Joke. I'm not sure what else to say.

14. Dreams: Many of my ideas comes from dreams. Yup.

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This took ages to write. *faints* I have the feeling that not much of this makes any sense, but it's my head's fault. Stupid bread...
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