Oh there are so many, one I recently discovered is japanese 3D artist Yoshii.
Right now, I am really into poster-style ink drawings. I'm looking at artists like Nick Dewar and Tyler Stout.
Well, I love Alphonse Mucha, of course, as the past illustrator. I also admire many great classical painters such as Van Gogh and Michelangelo. Their works are inspiring to me.
Present day ones are too many to name, but I love Mark Ryden, Dave McKean, Ray Caesar, Audrey Kawasaki, and there are still more...The competition is thus fierce these days. There are a lot of great inspiring illustrators I admire out there.
Gil Elvgren, Carl Barks, Tex Avery, Bill Watterson
Too many to list here. I was a freak for MAD magazine as a kid, so I loved Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Basil Wolverton, Sergio Argones, and those guys. Robert Crumb had a huge influence on me, but Ironically, so did Norman Rockwell. I've learned a lot from Traditional Japanese art as well (but who hasn't)
These days I pay close attention to Raymond Biesinger, James Jean, Tomer Hanuka, Jillian Tamaki, Yuko Shimizu, and Nick Dewar, amongst many others.
Sam Flores, Andy Howell, and Robert Williams.
some of my absolute favourite Illustrators include: Nick Sharatt, Quentin Blake, Sophie Blackall, Kate Moross, Jon Burgerman, Lauren Child, Jeffrey Fulvimari, Kay Nielson, Mori Chack, Julie Verhoeven, Ellie Smith, Greg Gossel, Yasmine Penniman (aka DaWack) and Stephen Mackay.
Well I like Davincis illustration alot of energy, a guy way ahead of his time he would have been an awesome comic book artist.
Otomo from Akira is my other favorite everything he does is so clean yet so busy and full of life.
Geoff Darrow is another I admire he has such great details in his art it blows me away sometimes.
Carson Ellis! Her work is so wonderfully executed and lyrical. I love her subject choices, her muted colour schemes and also her husbands wonderful band (The Decemberists)
Comics wise Jean Giraud, Frank Quietly, Mike Mignola and older artists like Frank Hampson and Dudley D Watkins and loads of old British artists who mostly went uncredited.
Art wise- Egon Scheile, Henry and Hornel, Dali ,Eduardo Palozzi
I am a big fan of Tomie de Paola, gag cartoonists Syd Harris and Mort Goldberg, and Bob Thaves who writes and draws Frank and Ernst. I also admire Johnny Hart who did BC and Dick Brown and his son who now draws Hagar the Horrible.
I am a big fan of Tomi De Paola, Syd Harris, Mort Goldberg, Dick Browne, Bob Thaves, and Johnny Hart.
For panel cartoonists I admire Dan Piraro, Dave Coverly, PC Vey, Jack Ziegler, and Roz Chast. For some current comic book artists, Alex Ross, Steve Rude and Mark Bagley. As far as the classics, I always enjoyed the work of Russ Manning, Neal Adams, Curt Swan, Jack Kirby, and Al Williamson. The greatest comic strip running right now is Get Fuzzy, by Darby Conley.
I admire Mr Yoji Shinkawa and Tetsuya Nomura's work.
Any who do intricate and complex pictures.