Inspiring Minds. Part 2


Q: 3D ARK asks: “Who or what inspires you?”

A: Nicolas Poteet, Artist/Senior Trainer 3D Animation, NAD CENTRE, writes:

Illustration , cartoon, art inspirations

Enki Bilal, Jean Giraud (Moebius), Morris, Todd Schorr, Coop, Juxtapoz Magazine, Fluide Glacial, Heavy Metal, Rick Griffin, Robt.Williams, Klimpt, Hogarth, Van Gogh, My Dad


Blade Runner, Fifth Element, La Cite des Enfants Perdus, Le Grand Bleu, Miller’s Crossing, Delicatessen, Good Fellas, Raging Bull, Brazil, Toy Story


Wipeout XL, Skull Monkeys, Earth Worm Jim, Crash 1 and 2.


Ren and Stimpy, John K of course! Spumco stuff and that crazy George Liquor, All my Ex speed motorbikes, some real slick design there… Skateboarding and its art, Snowboarding ( another cool art scene), Stephane Grappelli, Luscious Jackson, Beck, Sting, The Police, The Orb, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Barr, Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Old Chevrolet models…Listening to some Steely Dan or Zappa….Any really cool graffiti, Yosemite Sam ( “When I say wo I mean WO”), Old pickup trucks, mostly the front ends from 55 to 58… Maupassant, Poe, Beaudelaire, Val Semeiks ( I hope that is how it is written), real great comic book artist Lobo!

A: Caleb Owens, Technical Director, Dream Quest Images writes:

The Three Stooges! Hands down!

Frank Zappa, Terri Bozzio, Dixie Dregs, John Scofield, Stravinsky, Francis Bacon, Jackson Pollock, Van Gogh, Arnulf Rainer, Spike Jones, John Cage, Dr. Edmund Skellings, Jasper Johns, Judy Chicago.

Other stuff:

Fishing, long warm sunny days, playing the drums, long hikes in the mountains, old pickup trucks and rain :)

A: Chris Dinardo, Turner Production Effects writes:

I look at everything. People, books, movies, photos, cell animation, comics. I think that inspiration can be drawn from any source so I’m always on the lookout for it. I also keep a small notebook in my back pocket. While this serves mainly as a phone number list, it has on occasion been invaluable to me when an idea strikes. Now all I have to do is find the time to ACT on those ideas…

A: David Nix, Technical Coordinator/Animator, Square USA writes:

In no particular order:

Moebus, George Pal, Ridley Scott, Kubrick, Brazil, Terry Gilliam, 2001, City of Lost Children, Stan Winston, Jim Cameron, Dennis Muren, The Abyss, T2, Jules Verne, H.G.Wells, Michael Crichton, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark, the Coen Brothers, the brothers Quay, etc…

Many many others…

A: John Goodman, Animator/Technical Director, Rhythm & Hues Studios writes:

Inspirations, hmm…


2001/2010, logans run, tron, bladerunner all ingested at an early age…any syd mead in general, Michael Whelan’s work, also the seventies star trek animated/sat. morning show, some good stuff in there…the first star trek movie (no really!!:), Lucas/Spielberg in general, Ralph McQuarrie’s stuff…Jean-Michel Jarre and Jean-Luc Ponty, Giorgio Moroder all molding a young man’s flights of fantasy.

The old Toyo Links and Abel/Digital/Triple I stuff were a big influence too, also WORKS and the other old NYIT & Symbolics stuff hooked me young. Oh and cant forget good old Karl Sims and Optomystic…

Books etc..

Kipling, Asimov, Jack Chalker’s Well World and Flux series, Greg Bear, Larry Niven’s known space stuff, Dave Sim’s Cerebus, Love and Rockets by the Hernandez bros., CJ Cheryyh’s CHANUR series (plus 40,000 in Gehenna), Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash and Diamond Age, Carl Sagan’s A Candle In The Darkness, etc etc etc oh dear I seem to have run out of photonsss…..

A: Justin Leach, Animator, Bluesky|Vifx writes:

I myself am a big miyazaki fan and am very influenced by his work.

I personally hope that CG films in the future can possess the same level of sophistication, detail and masterful storytelling that Miyazaki has employed in his films.

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