I love animation, but when someone says to me, “this is the right way to animate, and that is the wrong way,” the hair on the back of my neck stands on end. It’s like saying the only way to paint correctly is the academic way. If every artist had stayed true to the Royal Academy of France, we would never have seen the birth of impressionism.
Hmmm…. there’s a lot. And there are always new people I’m discovering. This is never an easy answer for me. I also try to watch a lot of nature videos and look at photos. I try to go for walks on the weekend when I can, your own experiences can influence you just as much as art. Try to pull from life when you can.
Here’s an old list from some meme five years ago. There’s no particular order, and some are ones I don’t look at much anymore, but they did influence me at one time in my life. A few of these people I’ve worked with, and they’ve in turn taught me what they knew, surely influenced by other artists they’ve seen and met in their lives. I know I’m already forgetting more than a few…
Osamu Tezuka Ub Iwerks Yoshitaka Amano Freddie Moore Glen Keane Ikuku Itoh Chuck Jones Preston Blair Tessa David Mary Blair
Akira Toriyama Mucha Arthur Rackham Gustaf Tenggren Hiroyuki Imaishi Ward Kimball Maurice Noble Glen Murakami Jon Suzuki Derrick Wyatt Mike Nguyen
Thomas Perkins Corny Cole III
Chu-hui Song Ben Jones (canadian) Mike Mitchell Jeff Ranjo
Michael Chang Matt Youngberg Mark Andrews Bruce Timm Shane Glines Christine Panushka Dave Kupczyk Mr. Michael Lewis (highschool art teacher!) :3