This is an addendum to my previous post, 75 Artists You Must Know and Where to Find Them.
I received lots and lots of additional suggestions (thank you all!) and I keep hitting myself for missing so many great artists. Some artists were obvious choices that just completely slipped my mind, and others were people that I had not even heard of! I loved going through the links; making the first list was a ton of fun in itself, but going through all your suggestions was probably even more so because I got to explore and discover art outside of my own limited tastes and knowledge.
There were two major concerns that cropped up in regards to my list:
It is very U.S.-centered. That is very true, but I live in the U.S., so you could probably call this an American blog. American artists are the main thing I see around me everyday and I know them the best. I don’t think you can deny that the list still isn’t solid. Even so, I know a lot of you readers don’t live in the U.S., so I apologize for leaving out so many non-American artists. I’m going to work on educating myself with the many links that have been sent my way.
- Very few women are represented. I know there are many great female artists out there, and I was surprised to realize that I hadn’t included more. Here are a few that came to me right off:
Elizabeth Shippen Green
A student of Howard Pyle
Bold, stylized book covers and editorial work
Toronto-based award-winning illustrator
Also see her husband Ted Lewin’s work.
Kinuko Y. Craft
Fairies and mermaids!
In addition to these ladies, I would also like to add the following artists to my list. These are all artists that I would have included originally (if I hadn’t been so dumb and forgotten them), and I think deserve equal recognition as the others.
Classic fairy tales
James Montgomery Flagg
“I Want You!”
- James Montgomery Flagg: Uncle Sam and Beyond on Amazon.com
Being swiped by cartoonists everywhere
- Cartoon Animation on Amazon.com
- Cartooning: Animation 1 with Preston Blair on Amazon.com
Iconic book covers
- Wendell Minor: Twenty-Five Years of Book Cover Art on Amazon.com
- Bill Peet: An Autobiography on Amazon.com
- Bill Peet books on Amazon.com
Children’s book favorite
Push-Pin Studios co-founder
- Literary Lives on Amazon.com
- Just When You Thought Things Couldn’t Get Worse: The Cartoons and Comic Strips of Edward Sorel on Amazon.com
Loves pen and ink, watercolor, and the outdoors
Master editorial guy
I don’t know how to pronounce his name
Ye olde great artist
Master of the wordless picture book
- David Wiesner books on Amazon.com
Created a quite famous “silly little character”
- Mike Mignola books on Amazon.com
Striking editorial illustrations
The most unique portraits you’ll ever see
From editorial to children’s books to animation character designer
- Robert Sabuda books on Amazon.com
Japan’s Walt Disney
John Jude Palencar
Fantastic art at its best
- Origins: The Art of John Jude Palencar on Amazon.com
So, that puts my entire list at a round 100. Of course, there are many many more; after I made the first post, it didn’t take me long before I had a nice long list of additional artists, and I had to cut quite a few to keep it at a reasonable number. I have to end it somewhere, though. So, this ends my illustration survey for the time being, but I’ll let the discussion continue in the comments.
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