I've meant to do one of these for a while. Finally got around to it. Good exercise to really think about who and what gave you direction as an artist.
Here's some brief notes:
GEOF DARROW: Blew my mind in the early 90's with detail and craft.
DAVE JOHNSON: Great art, has also become a great cover designer.
ADAM HUGHES: Sheer drawing talent, master of the good girl.
MICHAEL GOLDEN: Craft and cartooned art. Big impact as a kid.
BRIAN STELFREEZE and CHRIS SPROUSE: Masters of the clean line and clear panel.
CHARLES SCHULZ: The first thing that made me want to draw at 5 years old. A master illustrator. My first sensei.
HERGE: Another very early artist that imprinted on me as a kid.
HAYAO MIYAZAKI: Made me make all my female leads strong and human. A master storyteller.
GEORGE PEREZ: My other master of detail and craft. Learned all of my first comic page layout knowledge from George.
YUKITO KISHIRO: "Battle Angel Alita" was one of my first manga series, and his action scenes schooled me on how to make motion work in comics.
JOHN BYRNE: One of the first masters that I got to follow from the beginning of his career spike.
HELVETICA: The font I learned typography with.
RUSSIAN PROPAGANDA: Great graphic image and forms and type.
CONSTRUCTIVIST ART: Geometry and design, changing the axis and grid for good.
"METROPOLIS": Literally changed the look of films.
ART DECO ARCHITECTURE: My favorite building style.
ART DECO DESIGN: Great for type and forms.
THE BAUHAUS SCHOOL: Shook design and art up in a substantial way.
WOLFGANG WEINGART: A living legend of Swiss design who I've had the honor of meeting and learning from.
PETER SAVILLE: Design for the music I love. Classic designs for the new music of the 80's and beyond.
THE DESIGNERS REPUBLIC: More great design towards music, sadly closed down.
DESIGN AGENT KM7: Great rave era typographic designs.
NEVILLE BRODY: Master designer and type designer in the 80's and 90's, my single biggest type hero and inspiration.