Heroes

Herman Melville said that artists have to take a dive, and either you hit your head on a rock and it splits your skull and you die, or, that blow to your head is so inspiring that you come back up and you do the best work you ever did. But—you have to take the dive. And you do not know what the result will be.
— Maurice Sendak

Fine Artists

  • Bernard Jeunet
  • Christina Bothwell
  • Erica Spitzer Rasmussen
  • Gabriella Polony Mountain
  • Katherine Dunn
  • Kerry James Marshall
  • Louise Bourgeois
  • Mary Lou Big Day
  • Stephanie Metz
  • The Pale Rook
I used to half believe and wholly play with fairies when I was a child. What heaven can be more real than to retain the spirit world of childhood, tempered and balanced by knowledge and common sense.
— Beatrix Potter
In a sense one can say that drawing is the most fundamentally spiritual - i.e., completely subjective - of all visual artistic activities.

Nature presents our eyes with coloured surfaces to which painted areas of pigment may correspond, and with inflected surfaces to which sculptural surfaces may correspond. But nowhere does it present our eyes with the lines, and the relationships between the lines, which are the raw materials of drawing.

For a drawing’s basic ingredients are strokes or marks which have a symbolic relationship with experience, not a direct overall similarity with anything real.
— Phillip Rawson 1969, Drawing: The appreciation of the arts, Oxford University Press, London

Illustrators 

(updated frequently and never complete)

  • Abby Hanlon
  • Alex Scheffler
  • Anita Jeram
  • Anna Walker
  • Anne Brouiilard
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Arnold Lobel
  • Arthur Rackham
  • Beatrice Alemagna
  • Beatrix Potter
  • Benjamin Chaud
  • Birgitta Sif
  • Brad Sneed
  • Brian Selznick
  • Bruno Munari
  • Bryan Collier
  • Caroline Magerl
  • Catia Chen
  • Charles Barsotti (father-in-law, I have no claim to his artistic or humorous DNA)
  • Charles George Esperanza
  • Charles Keeping
  • Chihiro Iwasaki
  • Chris Raschka
  • Chris Riddell
  • Claude Ponti
  • David Melling
  • David Small
  • Denise Fleming
  • Denman Hampson
  • E. B. Lewis
  • Elisa Kleven
  • Errol LeCain
  • Emanuele Luzzati
  • Emily Hughes
  • Eva Lindström
  • Evaline Ness
  • Ezra Jack Keats
  • Hazel Mitchell
  • Helen Craig
  • Henry Cole
  • Inga Moore
  • Janet Burroway
  • Jessica Ahlberg
  • Jim Kay
  • Jimmy Liao
  • John Burningham
  • John Hare
  • Jon Agee
  • Jon Muth
  • Judy Schachner
  • Jules Feiffer
  • Julia Sarcone-Roach
  • Kate Berube
  • Kitty Crowther
  • Komako Sakai
  • Laura Carlin
  • Laura Huliska-Beith
  • Levi Pinfold
  • Liniers
  • Lizi Boyd
  • Luciano Lozano
  • Ludwig Bemelmens
  • Lynda Barry
  • Manon Gauthier
  • Marla Frazee
  • Maurice Sendak
  • Melissa Sweet
  • Maurèen Poignonec
  • Mordechai Gerstein
  • Oliver Jeffers
  • Oyvind Torseter
  • Pascal Lemaitre
  • Paul O. Zelinsky
  • Peter de Seve
  • Peter Sis
  • Polly Dunbar
  • Randolph Caldecott
  • Richard Smythe
  • Rotraut Susanne Berner
  • Rowboat Watkins
  • Quentin Blake
  • Sebastian Meschenmoser
  • Sempe
  • Sergio Ruzzier
  • Sophie Blackall
  • Sydney Smith
  • Tomi Ungerer
  • Tove Jansson
  • Victor Ambrus
  • Victoria Turnbull
  • William Steig
  • Wolf Erlbruch
  • Yasmeen Ismail
  • Yuyi Morales

Authors & Poets

  • Alexis Deacon
  • Anne McCaffrey
  • Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
  • Ariella Franklin
  • Ashley Bryan
  • Beatrix Potter
  • C. S. Lewis
  • Daniel Woodrell
  • David A. Johnson
  • David Almond  
  • D. M. Cornish
  • Emily Dickinson
  • James Dickey
  • Jane Austen
  • Jim Thompson
  • Karin Fossum
  • Kate DiCamillo
  • Laurie R. King
  • Lloyd Alexander
  • Madeleine L'Engle
  • Maya Angelou
  • Neil Gaiman
  • Patrick Ness
  • Susan Cooper
  • Tana French
  • Theodore Roethke
  • Toni Morrison
  • T. S. Eliot
  • Ursula K. Le Guin
  • William Goldman