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!