I'm wondering who your favorite non-fanart artists are. :)
Jeez…the list of artists I admire is really varied. As a child I used to copy drawings of Leonardo DaVinci and Albrecht Dürer - trying to understand how they could convey so much with just a few simple lines. My grandmother had a wonderful Saul Steinberg cartoon framed in her living room, so his work holds a special place in my heart. Many of the books I read as a child had such gorgeous illustrations in them & I think that’s where my inspiration to go to art school came from originally.
Kay Neilsen is a brilliant Danish artist who illustrated one of my favorite children’s books - East of the Sun and West of the Moon. That book is an absolute feast on every level and his paintings are just stunning.
I think there’s something about this time period I’m especially drawn to because I also adore John R. Neil’s illustrations for The Wizard of Oz series (which I was obsessed with as a kid).
I’ll put the rest under the cut because this got longer than I expected!