Last week's series on Austin Briggs and the discussion that ensued in the comments section certainly hammered home an important point all illustrators should give serious consideration: there is a lot of merit in drawing well. In fact, if you plan to take yourself at all seriously in this profession, you really ought to strive to draw as well as you possibly can.
Gilbert Bundy drew very well. We can presume it was on the merit of its lovely, sensitive drawing quality that the Bundy piece below was chosen for a rare full colour presentation in 1940 New York Art Directors Annual (that is to say, I doubt it was selected on the merit of its clever concept!). Bundy's drawing did not, however, earn him an Award of Distinctive Merit.
Albert Dorne was also excellent at drawing. He had three pieces accepted for inclusion in that same Annual. None of them received an Award of Distinctive Merit.
There are a lot of big names in the 1940 Annual: Lyle Justis, Melbourne Brindle, James Williamson, Leslie Saalberg, ...
... and Robert Fawcett, excellent draftsmen all. None of their pieces won The New York Art Directors Club Award of Distinctive Merit for 1940.
But this piece did.