I've been influenced by these things and artists in my struggle to get better at this.
Leiji Matsumoto- For the awesome worlds created
Rukunetsu- Humor and all out style that's his and his ALONE. Makes cool beats too!
Hyung Tae Kim- Man, that guy can color! Before character design I heard he made music for games.
Ninja Turtles- These guys were my gateway to an imagination. No...NO! NOT BOOKS- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
Science Fiction- An awesome genre I think. Mutants, Aliens, Talking cats deja-vu explained because we actually are slaves to a giant computer with glitches, you name it!
Westerns- Heroes and villains, and a strong sense of justice! Guns-a-blazing, train robberies, and sometimes mariachis!
Steam-Punkulance- The future and the past all rolled into one story. Holographic projections from archaic looking gizmos and gadgets! SEPIA TONE-- huh? what?
Fantasy/Nature- Is there a wall of rocks behind that waterfall, or is that just how it seems? There could be a world behind it, complete with animals extinct long ago, races of people you've never seen (and have never seen you), colors that aren't on our spectrum.
Tite Kubo- Over all, Bleach is just awesome. That's it.
Bengus/Capcom- The character designs are among the most original in the world! Often imitated, but never duplicated!
Namco- Pacman. Tekken. Soul Calibur. And I'm a hard core Virtua Fighter Fan! (Yes, it it possible to be both a Tekken and VF fan)
Blasianonna- Creates characters left and right, ones that, time and time again, have invited me to imagine the worlds they live in!
Sonic/Mario- Two characters that have had a long standing rivalry and they've never met! (That is, until recently)
A hedgehog that runs at the speed of sound, that fights an egg-shaped mad scientist, and lives a world with a FLOATING ISLAND.
A plumber that dates a princess, fights a giant fire breathing snapping turtle-lizard and lives in...a mushroom kingdom. COME ON! SEGA and NENTENDO - for the sheer creativity!
These are just some of the things/artists that have influenced me. There's also God, history, books, history books, the Bible and maybe YOU as well.
...Don't get all worked up! I said MAYBE.