in my line of work..i admire comic illustrator such as Joe madureira from image comic.Carlos Meglia and Simon Bizley.
My favorite illustrators are Akira Toriyama, Todd Mcfarlene, Humberto Ramos, and John Romita Jr.
Charles M. Schulz is a big influence, as are Tove Jansson and Osamu Tezuka. These artists brought their own very distinctive and creative sensibilities to everything they did. Check them out. I think they're the among the best visual storytellers the cartooning world has ever known.
I like R. Crumb, Tony Millionare Dr. Suess, old cartoons from the 20s-50s, Ren and Stimpy, and Ralph Bakshi to name a few off the top of my head.
Well I'm pretty much old school. In Marvel comics, I've always been a big fan of John Romita, Jim Steranko and Jack Kerby. Mad Magazine ... Don Martin. His style was so crazy and he had the most bizarre characters in cartoon history. Real slap stick humour, reminded me of the Three Stooges at times. Also, Robert Crumb (Fritz the Cat, Keep On Truckin', etc.), Crumb is one of the craziest and sickest cartoonist out there. When I do caricatures, the heads are semi-serious, a blend of Romita and Steranko, but the bodies are strongly influenced by Don Martin and Robert Crumb. Makes for a very silly caricature and it works for my customers.
There are many great illustrators, and I have been lucky to able to visit France and especially in Paris. i admire, Paul Daviz,Nadia flower,and many more
I love Edward Gorey.
I admire many artistist, but I suppose my favorite would have to be Rumiko Takahashi. I mainly like Japanese artistist. I'm also a huge Edvard Munch fan.
I have admired Malaysian Jaafar Taib of the Gila Gila Magazine and still do at this moment in time. He has a profound influence on me.
Of course there are other illustrators who have inspired me as well.The other local illustrator that I like to mention is a Malaysian artist, Razali MHO who is truly in a league of his own. A true friend and my mentor.
sempe (the new yorker), norman rockwell, claude serre, jim henson (muppet show creators), charles schultz, klaas verplancke.
The Illustrator i admire most is Cloud Chatanda.
My influences change fairly often. As a child, I discovered that Norman Rockwell and I shared the same birthday, and he died the year I was born, so that sent me on a mission to be a realistic artist, which I still hold to. During grade-school, I discovered comics, and idolized several prominent artists such as Erik Larsen and Marc Silvestri. My teens were spent going over the classics, and foreign masters like Rivera and Khalo were often incorporated. A friend turned me onto Japanese animation, and that affected me immensely as well.
There's loads. Of particular importance to me is Danny Gregory; not for his art as such, but it was his website, www.dannygregory.com, that got me interested in drawing again. He dispenses some great wisdom there.
I love Mattias Adolffson's stuff (http://mattiasa.blogspot.com/). His output is truly prodigious and I kind of envy that work ethic.
Tommy Kane (http://tommykane.blogspot.com/) is another huge influence. I love his journals. It's really the journalling side of being an artist that got me interested again.
I could go on to list loads more - Edward Gorey is another who springs to mind, oh, and Mike Wilks (he did a TV show for the BBC about drawing and the sight of his cross-hatching instilled in me an obsession with emulating him). I'm going to stop now.
From the past:
Geo Ham (George Hamel), Peter Helck, Carlo Demand, Bob Freeman
From the present:
Ken Dallison, Peter Hutton, Kane Rogers, Dennis Brown, Tom Fritz, Peter Hearshey, Williams Motta, Bill Neale, Barry Rowe
Norman Rockwell, Brad Holland, Kunio Hagio.