Be sure to check out the great interview over at 7-imp featuring Kadir Nelson. You'll find in depth information on his latest book We are the Ship. Plus, links to many more interviews. His work has had a huge influence on my own. I find his books awe-inspiring. In the interview, when asked "If you could have three illustrators or author/illustrators over for coffee or a glass of rich, red wine, whom would you choose?" one of his choices was Norman Rockwell. I found this very interesting since I consider Nelson to be our “modern day Rockwell”.