Art & Subconscious Influences # 1

Kiri Oestergaard, 5 years old.

Kiri Oestergaard, 5 years old.

A while back, after visiting my country, a friend commented on how fairy tale-like and idyllic he found it, and how he definitely noticed how that had had an impact on my artwork. It made me ponder and a while after I was discussing influences with my mother, who mentioned that many of the cartoons she had exposed me to as a child also seemed to have had an impact.

After watching some of these again I must agree, the creativity and magic in many of these stories were of great inspiration to me, both in my games and creative projects as a child but I also see how they have subconsciously influenced the direction I have taken with my work all along till this day.

Two of the cartoons I remember the most fondly were on a video tape my grandmother had, that I used to watch when she was babysitting me. The cartoons are from 1936 and were produced by Max Fleischer, who in my humble opinion, is nothing short of brilliant.

Wikipedia on Max Fleicher:

Max Fleischer (July 19, 1883 – September 11, 1972) was an American animator. He was a pioneer in the development of the animated cartoon and served as the head of Fleischer Studios. He brought such animated characters as Betty Boop, Koko the Clown, Popeye, and Superman to the movie screen and was responsible for a number of technological innovations.

Look at the creative use of objects in these two short cartoons. It’s so entertaining and original, I never get tired of watching it and I find it inspiring even now.

What about you? What kind of subconscious influences have you been exposed to that have influenced your life later on?

Links:
Wikipedia on Max Fleischer

Kiri Østergaard Leonard
kiri@kirileonard.com

Award winning Illustrator, Artist and Creator Kiri Østergaard Leonard happily shares her experiences making a living as an artist and pursuing a creative life. She grew up in a tiny village in Denmark, left her country behind to pursue art in the bustle of New York City and now resides in the delightful weirdness of Austin, Texas surrounded by sunshine and felines.

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