My last story is all about ghosts. Thinking about ghosts led me to think about our histories. Genealogy or Family History has become the second most popular hobby in the US after gardening. I’ve dabbled in it some. Who doesn’t want to know where they came from? After all its a part of who we are.
But we come from more than just our ancestors, and as an artist we have our own geneology. Wether writer, artist. or mathmetician, we can’t help but be influenced by people that came before us. So I got to wondering who were my artist ancestors?
Lets Break it Down
First there is me.
My most influential teachers where Sydney Bowman my art teacher when I was high school age, and my teachers a BYU-Idaho where I got my art degree. Sydney introduced me to Michelangelo which led me to study other artists like Da Vinci, Whistler, The Impressionists and the Pre-Raphaelites.
My college teachers introduced me to the illustration side of art where I became heavily influenced by more current illustrators like Lisbeth Zwerger, and Trina Schart Hyman, and the illustrators of the golden age like J. C. Leyendecker, Arthur Rackham, and Kay Neilsen.
Try it yourself. Here is a blank chart you can save and fill out. I’m sure this would work if you are writer, artist, or anything really. If you make one I’d love to see it. Post in comments and send me a link to your image, or tweet the image @manelleoliphant.