So, without really realizing it I've had this favorite illustrator all my life. Wesley Dennis is most known for his work illustrating books by Marguerite Henry, who most famously wrote Misty of Chincoteque, Stormy, Misty's Foal, and King of the Wind.
What spurred me to remember this was that I bought a 1945 copy of John Steinbeck's The Red Pony from Half price books the other day just for the illustrations of horses. Then I realized, duh, this is the same guy who illustrated all those other horse books I was obsessed about all my life. I read the book that night, by the way, it's a favorite of mine. Then of course I felt like drawing horses. Well, I always do, but more than usual. I see alot of Dennis's influence in some of my work. Neato.
These are a couple horses a girl I went to high school with owns.
Done with a Sharpie. To quote the 'Turff : "You too can do magical things with a Sharpie."