Friday, December 4, 2009

Inspiring People of Incredible Talent

Okay, so you've probably been thinking, "I like Sam, but which illustrators does Sam like?"

In no particular order (well, actually, in the order I thought of them), I present a few of my faves (subject to change at any time). Although these artists work in a variety of fields (some in children's books, some in editorial art, comics, or film), they're the ones I most often go back to when I need a little inspiration. You'll probably see hints here and there of their influence on me. (Yes, that was a strangely-worded sentence.) Behold!
  1. Chris Van Allsburg. The Polar Express. The Wreck of the Zephyr. The Widow's Broom. Allsburg, you're a PHANTOM!
  2. Lane Smith. Stinky Cheese! Many people find Lane's illustrations overly quirky. I find them absolutely hilarious. His most recent book, Hyacinth, the Surprising Tale of a Girl Who Floated, written by Florence Parry Heide, is superlative.
  3. Lou Romano. Lou is pretty much awesome. Voice of Linguine (Ratatouille), brother to Ray (I think), and an amazing production designer, too. I look at his stuff as much as anyone's. Here's what he did on Up.
  4. Carter Goodrich. Look at his Ratatouille pencil work. He doesn't have an online presence, but a Google search will show you some of his stuff.
  5. Shaun Tan. This guy's work is a little too odd for my tastes, but he's really good and is basically a pioneer in graphic novelling (spell checker is telling me that's not a word). If you're interested in reading a book like no one's ever done before, check out The Arrival.
  6. Arnold Lobel. Frog and Toad Are Friends! I love Lobel's art. It makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside.
  7. Mo Willems. Funny, funky, and good. Leonardo, The Terrible Monster is his best book. Many would disagree.
  8. Norman "The Rock" well. I can't say I ever really want to emulate him (although when I was a kid, all I drew were Rockwell paintings), but Norm sure had a way with caricature.
  9. Peter de Séve. An amazing sense of line. And color. And design. And everything.
  10. Hayao Miyazaki. Yup.
  11. Nicolas Marlet. The guy doesn't really have an online presence. But he basically designed all of the characters for Kung Fu Panda. The guy's a genius.
  12. Mary GrandPré. Her sense of color is impeccable. And she illustrated Harry Potter. She will never go hungry. Unless Harry Potter 8: Revenge of Darth Maul comes out before she dies. In that case, she'll lose it all.
  13. Mary Blair. Color, color, color!
  14. Charles Schulz. Peanuts. You try drawing something brilliantly funny every day for 50 years!
  15. Bill Watterson. Calvin and Hobbes. 'Nuff said.
  16. Richard Thompson. Great artist, very funny comic strip: Cul de Sac.
  17. Glen Keane. Is ridiculously good at drawing. When I look at his stuff, I want to take my ball and go home.
  18. N.C. Wyeth. Love the light in his paintings. And the jumping Indian one rocks. It'll take you a while to find it. I couldn't even find it. But trust me.
  19. Leonardo da Vinci. This guy could draw. He also had a ridiculously cool beard. And I think my nose will look like his when I'm 90.
  20. Emma Thompson. Okay, so she's not an illustrator. But she is a really good actress! My wife's favorite, in fact. Remember the crying scene in Sense and Sensibility? For that, she gets a spot on the list anyway.


Anonymous said...

Check out the website above. LDS artist also named Sam that I think you would appreciate. He is related to someone in my Stake.


j@nAe said...

Ha, ha! Emma Thompson made the list! That's great. :) Honestly, I was surprised at how witty and interesting your commentary was. This definitely kept me amused!

Cara and Barry said...

I like how Janae was "honestly surprised" at your witty-ness and interesting-ness. Way-ta be supportive. :) I agree about Emma Thompson being awesome, especially that crying scene. The best is when I'm so into the movie I'm crying hysterically at that point too.

Sarah said...

The Stinky Cheese Man artist rocks! I love his art. And Miyazaki is incredible. I keep watching his movies because the animation is so captivating. Cool list!

Sarah said...

Have you seen Miyazaki's Sherlock Hound? Must see. It's awesome.

Sam said...

Sarah - I haven't seen Sherlock Hound. I hadn't even heard of it, in fact. But I'll definitely be looking into it.

Sam said...

Derek - Thanks for the recommendation. The other Sam has awesome stuff!