Peter Sis: his imagination and style are the most unique (is there such a thing...yes, in this case)
Chris vA: magic
David McKee: extended elephant phase but what he is in his element
Gris Grimly: Line and ink master of monster
David Shannon: Far out and not afraid
Colin Thompson: Fantasy fan to see...see it!
Maurice Sendak: Sensitivity
Alan (Allen) Say: realism that makes you collapse with awe
Steig: Primitive grit
Jenkins: COLLAGE....yes....even though his is realistic (her her)...JK
Judy Schachner: Because she writes as well as she illustrates and in total SYNC with it
David Macaulay: thinker inking
Martin Hanford: Anyone who can illustrate five million people...that is LOVE
Harry Bliss: He can really expand on the text. Seems to jive with the words.
David Wiesner: Although I am not a real fan of wordless pbs...his are works of art. I do prefer his worded ones, though. His work is ethereal and makes the world endless.
David Small: Funny, clever, also expands well on the text
Holly Keller: Sensitivity to her subject matter both text and art
and why do I love them so much (well, much of it is subjective...I could say I love the ones that are very popular...but I don't). Because they are distinctive, artistic, appeal to kids ( and adult kids), prolific and have their own VOICE . They have something strong that sets them apart from functional art.
And I am just spinning my F**king wheels. But if I didn't have these role models, I'd have plenty of nuthin.