In a general sense, I let the art included with a particular game inspire me. But when I think of inspiring RPG art, the artists to whom I was first exposed as a gamer are the ones that most inspire me: Erol Otus, Larry Elmore, Keith Parkinson, and Jeff Easley. I could probably fill several posts with examples of my favorite pieces from each of them, but I’ll leave you with one, from the first product I ever owned:
What I liked about this piece in particular is that the wizard is scrying on the scene depicted in the Basic Set. It was a really cool way of tying the two products together.
RPG-a-Day 2018 – Week Three: What art inspires your game?