Ever since I first started getting into artwork, I was enamored with the works of illustrator James Jean. First hearing about him for his cover art on the graphic novel Fables, it was a short time later that I looked him up and was hooked. And since I've first started admiring his work it's gone through an intense series of changes, especially his non-commercial works.
His work circa 2006 was what got me started. Browsing through his gallery of work now is a real treat, and I long to be able to go to one of his shows. You should check him out at www.jamesjean.com.