This ever-expanding reference list provides background on a diverse spectrum of illustrators across time, cultures, and artistic styles.
Illustrator of iconic portraits of African American heroes, angels, and movie stars.
Art teacher, commercial illustrator, and self-titled "Big Shot West Coast Artist."
Fashion illustrator who worked with designer Nettie Rosenstein in the 1950s, and continued through the 1980s as a freelance illustrator.
Known for her black-and-white wash drawings used as advertisements for Lord & Taylor.
Painter who reimagined the African-American spiritual, and depicted Harlem street scenes.
As one of the few African American Abstract Expressionists, Lewis’ work headlined the Harlem art scene.
J.C. Leyendecker rose to fame as the creator of elegant artworks for mass publication.
British Romantic painter known for depicting apocalyptic themes.
Created many cover illustrations and pastel drawings of strong, spirited, healthy American women.
A Harlem Renaissance artist who addressed African American life and his own multiracial background.
Ground-breaking illustrator most famous for her Kewpie creations.
Successful illustrator who portrayed romantic femininity using a distinctive technique called “fade-away.”
Golden Age artist noted for his full-page newspaper illustrations.
Pop artist known for his simple, graphic design combined with bold colors.