I'm not a frequent poster in this forum, but I am a painter. Though I don't do much fan art currently, my own work is heavily influenced by filmic aesthetics and the work of Star Wars-related illustrators like Ralph McQuarrie. So basically this thread is for us to share our stylistic inspirations, be they genres, individual artists, or other factors. Here are some of mine: Ralph McQuarrie: [image=http://www.originalprop.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/ralph-mcquarrie-stormtrooper-concept-art-star-wars-fr.jpg] Really, I like anything with a 70s-style future look to it - Syd Mead: [image=http://www.fabiofeminofantascience.org/RETROFUTURE/meadhouseandcity.jpg] John Berkey: [image=http://www.warp555.com/John-Berkey-large04.jpg] NASA illustrations like this: [image=http://cache.io9.com/assets/resources/2008/04/AC75-1086.jpg] [image=http://space.mike-combs.com/torus.jpg] Other artist influences include Rene Magritte: [image=http://www4.ncsu.edu/~ctk/magritte.pyrenees.jpg] Jerome Witkin (his work has a large effect on me - I had to pick something not very 'edgy' and without nudity as I don't think those things would pass censorship here): [image=http://www.paintingperceptions.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/05/JeffDavies1980.jpg] I like some of Magdalena Abakanowicz's work: [image=http://www.abakanowicz.art.pl/coexistence/img/Z-ludzi.jpg] Gregory Crewdson (photographer): [image=http://rayogar.com/text/images/crewdson.jpg] Ryan McGinley: [image=http://abitofthat.files.wordpress.com/2009/02/ryan-mcginley.jpg] I'm sure I'll add more later. So, discuss, add influences of your own... etc!