I came across this Brazilian graphic designer with a masters degree in Illustration (from the School of Visual Arts) a while ago and have been following his work since. Most noticeable are his amazing sketchbooks. Quotes from his biography:
"To illustrate is to tell stories through images."
"What I find more exciting about my profession as an illustrator is the daily challenge of facing the empty page, and from there we have to invent worlds and people, and ultimately give visual form to the written word."