Finally got around to finishing this!
- Seamlessly blends asian and western influences in their illustrations and has fun with Japanese pop culture. Their panoramic pieces are my favourites. [link] "DORAEMON"
- A series I grew up on. Influenced my career choice. The first manga I drew was a Doraemon fan story.
LEFT COLUMN, 3 SMALL SQUARES:Brandon Bird
- Best satirical celebrity portrait artist and Law & Order fan. [link]"Monkey Island" series
- Lucasart's best. I grew up on PC games -- especially point-and-click adventure games.Yuusuke Murata
- "Eyeshield 21" artist. Helped improve my marker art and drive to have diversity in character design.
- Manga creator who's done Houshin Engi, Shiki, Waq Waq and others. Anyone who knows his work can see his influences in my comicking style, inking and character designs.
RIGHT COLUMN, 2 SMALL SQUARES:Naoki Urasawa
- One of the greatest manga creators living today. Wrote and drew Monster, 20th Century Boys, Pluto, and currently doing Billy Bat. Admired Osamu Tezuka.Osamu Tezuka
- Known as "the father of manga". His art is cool, but his writing is even better. Admired American animation.
BOTTOM ROW:ukiyo-e art
- a.k.a. Japanese woodblock prints. Ones by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (pictured) in particular, with his macabre subject matter."Okami"
- Artistically innovative game by CAPCOM that somehow managed to make 3D models look like sumi-e
art. Made me want to incorporate ancient Japanese art styles into my own."THE SIMPSONS"
- Watched it even when I was too young to understand the jokes. My sense of humour comes from here, basically.