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Traci A.

Illustrator + Designer

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Traci's Influence Map

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I really enjoyed this class!  I NEVER thought about the media in my childhood really having an effect on my style or taste, but I can definitely see those influences in my art now!

Choosing what to put on my "Influence Map" was a challenge!  As a product of the 60s and70s there was magic in TV and movies, especially the classics like Wizard of Oz and anything animated!  I remember Sunday evenings after dinner and a bath we were allowed to watch ABC's Wonderful World of Disney!  And I was so enchanted by musicals, fashion, and far away places!  I loved old black & white shows like Leave It To Beaver, Andy Griffith, I Love Lucy and Father Knows Best (I still watch them).  But there were a TON of great sitcoms like Gilligan's Island, Beverly Hillbillies, I Dream of Jeannie, Partridge Family, Brady Bunch, and variety shows like Carol Burnett.  I drew all the time and enjoyed children's rhymes, verses, fairy tales and fables as well as classics like Charlotte's Web.  I listened to folk music because the lyrics told stories (just listen to Peter Paul and Mary's "Puff the Magic Dragon").  Being a teen in the mid-to-late 70s was great because of wholesome family shows like Little House on the Prairie.  When I graduated college and became an adult in the 80s I sort of drifted away from all that until I had my own children.  Though I really enjoyed the music and TV of the 80s and 90s.

I feel like this exercise has brought me full circle.  As I watch old shows and movies and pour over books from my childhood, I treasure these things more than I did as a child.  Even in this digitized age, I appreciate and value the text and illustrations in old picture books.  Surprisingly, I'm finding this "vintage style" creeping into my own art making.  Very cool!

Thank you for this class!

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