Few illustrators have influenced my style and my desire to create stylized photo-realistic illustrations like Dave Stevens. To me - he was a master of line and form. Whereas I blend and layer and erase (techniques I learned from hyper-illustration master Hajime Sorayama) - Dave's work was flawlessly uniform, clean, and decisive. He was a master of presenting subtext through expression and posture. His creations were both technically brilliant while being unabashedly alluring. He was, as many male artists (myself included), an avid lover of the female form. He was able to express the optimistic innocence of the 1930's, 40's, and 50's, while conveying the unadulterated themes of passion, desire, and lust. His work remains an inspiration to me... and as I dive further into full-figure/body illustration - his technical mastery and inspired sense of stylized realism is a guiding light in my journey. He will always be one of the illustrators I love most. Rest in Peace Dave, and thank you!