Not According to Scale Picture

Not according to scale, as in I didn't follow the guideline to size the images according to how much the subject influenced me. I have several other influences besides these, but there just isn't enough room for all of them...

1) Jesus
Sort of an obvious one. I'm heavily affected by Christ's teachings and my personal relationship with him. The influence on my art may seem subtle, but its there. I've also always had a soft spot for this particular painting. The beautiful lighting and soft blending is gorgeous.

2) Traditional animation
Disney in particular, and The Lion King especially. The more serious themes of life, death and betrayal seemed very deep and advanced to me when I was a kid, and it guided me in a more serious direction with my art.

3) Ghost In The Shell
Aside from the brilliant artwork of Masamune Shirow, the top-notch production values of the animated series (both seasons), the complex political and social climates, and the philosophical ramifications of "cyberization," I have to admit, I just love the Major. She's a strong female character that relies equally on her cunning and brawn without being overtly sexual to make her way in the world. Motoko and others like her are an inspiration for most of my female characters.

4) Batman: The Animated Series
The fourth season in particular was incredible. The story arcs were very in-depth and dealt with advanced subject matter. It was the first after school cartoon I had ever seen that semi-graphically portrayed the death of a central character (Batgirl, in the episode "Over the Edge"). It had gorgeous art direction and ingenious character design from the very first season. I think I just love anything Bruce Timm does in general.

5) Hoshino Katsura
Most widely known for D.Gray-Man. His art is just so detailed and dynamic and lively, and his subtle use of color against black and darker tones is something I respect coming from a manga artist. He also has an amazing work ethic. He's been in and out of the hospital for unknown reasons for a long time now, but he still manages to squeeze out a volume of manga here and there.

6) Final Fantasy XI
I love anything having to do with fantasy, really. FFXI taught me a lot about adding little details to my character designs, the clothing in particular. I also like that it references history and mythology quite heavily to give its world a sense of depth and meaning. It even uses historical and mythological figures in a relevant and accurate way, something I hope to do when I get around to finally telling a story.

7) X-Men
The X-Men of the mid 90's, to be specific. I don't care what anyone says, no one can replace Jubilee...

8) Slayers and Araizumi Rui
Slayers is a wonderful series, both the novels and animated incarnations. The characters have detailed psychological profiles and interact with each other in a very realistic and subtle way, in a world that is equally well constructed and complex. Araizumi does that world justice with artwork that appears simple at a first glance, but is laden with gorgeous details and incredible use of color. I love the fact that he uses watercolor to achieve such a soft yet bold look.

9) Vincent Van Gogh
My favorite classical artist. He seems to share my love of the color blue, as well as my fondness for the night sky. I adore his use of color and his fervent brush strokes. His anatomy skills weren't that great, but he had a way of capturing beauty in the most ordinary things. He's just a cool person to learn about in general, but more than that, his work gives me a sense of peace that no other artist's work can give me.
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