A few bits of illustrative inspiration.
Papercut illustration of Jayme McGowan. I love the bits of work in progress shots she posts. I adore any studio shots as well.
Artwork by Larry MacDougal. He does all kinds of fantasy artwork and design but I like his animals best.
Illustrator Chuck Groenink. I love the texture.
I really like Nicole Gustafsson's use of color. I want this print.
Stephanie Lostimolo is another fantasy artist I love.