I've always loved Doug Fraser's work. He's a Canuck, just like me -- and when I was in College his work inspired me to push my style and derivative approach to making art. (fraserart.com)
Recently I've become a serious fan of Joshua Smith (aka Hydro74). His work is amazingly detailed, yet very stylized and derivative. He's also found an approach that will work for apparel design, posters, heavy metal album covers ... you name it. (hydro74.com)
Guy Davis, Hayao Miyazaki, Gipi, Mike Mignola, Chris Bachalo, Paul Pope, Shirato Sanpei, David Peterson, Aya Takano, Winsor McCay, Egon Schiele (a painter, i know)
The two main ones that come go mind are Craig Thompson & Sam Kieth.
I love Josh Cochran, I think his drawing style and his use of color is smart and exciting. I also love Milton Glaser.
I most admire the work of Mike Mignola and his ability to block out shadows so well. But I admire all different styles, I have a great interest in ancient Asian cultures art.
From the past, the two illustrators that I admire most are N.C. Wyeth and Will Eisner. They both have such a strong sense of story, setting, and mood - something which I think is lacking in most modern illustration.
As far as contemporary illustrators, I am also a big fan of C.F. Payne.
I am not a regular illustrator but in Pakistan one of my class fellows Sajid is a good Illustrator. Another illustrator named Ali Azmat was also working in Lahore. Jawwad Nawaz Khan, Sabir Nazar, Khalid Hussain are my favourite illustrators in Pakistan.
Lucien Bernard, Paul Rand, Abram Games, Paula Scher, Paul Catherall, Michael Schwab
i admire drawings of Otto Dix.
Creators of Madame Tutli-Putli
Model makers of Red Nose Studio's
Eric Dinyer has been the most influential artist on my work. I also like to go to galleries and festivals to see what other people are doing. I may not know how an artist achieved a technique, but if I take notes on how their work looks, it gives me ideas for new techniques of my own.
tonnes. the short list: brian cronin, gary taxali, dan page, daniel bejar, alex nabaum, jon krause, christoph niemann, craig frazier, devon bowman, julia breckenreid, daniel hertzberg, mark smith, mike byers, edel rodriguez, chris buzelli, brian stauffer, jillian tamaki, jack dylan, jennifer daniel... i could really go on forever.
My favorite past time illustrator would have to be René Gruau. He is an icon of fashion illustration and had an amazing style using pen and ink.
My favorite present day illustrator would currently have to be Laura Laine. I love her stylized characters and sense of movement in her pieces.
There are almost too many to count. Basically if there is an artist out there that solely does illustration for a living, I admire that. My favorite artists, or those artists that inspire me the most include Jim Lee, Leinil Francis Yu, the whole Kubert clan, Steve McNiven, the list goes on and on. I try to get as much information from any and all artists to help improve my skills.