There are so many great artists throughout history it's overwhelming. Here are a few that Wally considers to the best of the best, and his greatest influences.
Funniest animal illustrator with beautiful pen and ink linework. Other masters of pen and ink are Heinrich Kley and Al Hirschfeld.
Eigener helped Wally deconstruct animal anatomy for drawing and served as a resource. Eigener (1904-1982) was a German animal illustrator and graphic artist.
Most famous for his illustrations of Winnie the Pooh, Shepard captured the humanity of character in his drawings. Wallace was especially influenced by Shepard's handling of anthropomorphic animals in Wind in the Willows.
Big stuff- a wonderful painter and storyteller who illustrated Scribner classics.
Great storytelling and superb art by John Severin, Harvey kurtzman, Wallace Wood and Jack Davis among others.
King of the Northern Renaissance, Durer's line work and devotion to drawing made him one of the best.