John Dyer Baizley.
one of my favorite endeavors is to find the reflections manifestation of 'current' art/illustration in my own work. especially from artists who i haven't stumbled across yet. My friend Ben was awesome enough to point me in the direction of some pen artists and I am so thankful... the guy is a walking library [there is a private joke in there somewhere]. but the defining point is it gives me faith in my own work... and that my direction is not unfounded... also got the permission of Matthew brindle to use some of his photo's to draw from. which i am thoroughly excited about... his photography is like totally feral... its something else... right up there with Ryan Mcginley in my mind.