Kay Nielsen is one of my favorite artists from the "Golden Age" of illustration. He started out on books, and then moved into visual development for animation at Disney. I wish I could say his life ended well, but his illustration style fell out of favor and he died broke and depressed. His friends and family literally couldn't give his work away to museums.
Seth Rutledge is a visual developer and concept artist for the animation and video game industries, a photographer and a coffee snob living in Vancouver, British Columbia. Before he discovered illustration, he received a CSCI/Math degree from UNC-Charlotte, and has lived and worked all over the United States and Canada. He has run marathons, taught English in Japan, been CTO for a pharma marketing company and done fashion photography in NYC. Seth has two albums he wrote and played keyboards on, and he plays the theramin whenever he gets the chance. Seth spends so much time in coffee shops drawing that he is mentioned in online reviews. He would love a career drawing elves and goblins for a living.