to use your imagination?
For me some examples are:Todd Lockwood, Ken Kelly, JP Targete and as a child nothing got me more excited then a new D&D cover or a new Elmore Dragonlance cover. The original artists of D&D also made a huge impression on me: Elmore, Dee, Otus, Holloway, Pakinson, Easley, Caldwell and more.
I could just think myself into scenes and what my new latest and greatest character would do.
Thanks to all you artists for keeping that piece of imagination alive.
image © Todd Lockwood 2012