1. Olivier Coipel
His work is so vibrant and clean. His books take a serious tone at times but still keep a *wink* going for fans with little bits of humor and characterization that is often missed.
2. Steve McNiven
His attention to detail in small things is what caught my eye. It has a cinematic feel and it flows from scene to scene with ease.
3. Clay Mann
Clay is dynamic but at the same time realistic. I love that his characters don't need to be in costume to make an impact. His perspectives are great as are his characterizations. He can do action very well but also convey great emotion in each of his creations.
4. Jim Lee
Jim Lee is the standard to which I generally compare most artists. I grew up with his work and it is what initially inspired me to draw. His style is very defined and strong. His shading is awesome and it gives his characters a strength that defined a new generation of artists.
5. Stuart Immonen
Stuart was someone I had to learn to love. Initially, I wasn't impressed and as time went on I fell in love with what he can do. His characters are lively and animated even on the page. I would love to see him do some sort of animation.
6. Chris Bachalo
Bachalo was another artist that really inspired me when I was younger. His take on Rogue has always been a standard for me. His work is very dark and yet there's a playful side to it as well.
7. Frank Cho
Cho is the definite "busty woman" artist. This being said, his art is clean and eye catching. He is always paired with a vibrant colorist, which further enhances his great pencils. His Ms. Marvel is the standard for the character to me.
8. Ed Benes
Ed Benes gets my love for the same reason that many other artists do. He has clean lines, great structure and eye catching art. Simply said, its nice to look at. With the exception of Nicola Scott, I would love to see only his art on Birds of Prey.
9. Humberto Ramos
Ramos' art is kinetic and full of life. It almost seems like a manga/western comic art fusion. His style is unmistakable and while its not for everyone, I welcome him on any book that needs a kick in the face ;)
10. Skottie Young
Skottie Young is another artist who has such a unique style. I loved reading his take on the New-X-Men because it gave you such a different perspective on the characters and took them to another level. His art is dark, fun and has a sense of humor wrapped in it. Great sketchy art!
11. Rags Morales
I became a fan of Rags because of his DC work with the Crisis of Conscience. I know he got slammed by a few because of his photo references, but to me it made his art stand out. Each of his characters had a source and therefore a likeness that is lost in a world of stock characters. He is a fan of realistic stances and actual conversational poses. It makes a huge difference in the storytelling, all for the better.