While I am certain that Wayne A. Reynolds and Eva Widerman have both been illustrating long before I knew their work, they have been an inspiration to me in my work for years now.
I still remember about a dozen years ago, when Wayne Reynolds did all of the illustrations for magic items in the D&D DMG, and most of the class books in 3rd Edition. And when I began to recognize Eva Widerman's work in Dungeon magazine ...
Neither of them have ever failed to impress me. Eva does some of the most amazing fantasy portraits in the business, and Wayne always has amazing perspective and vivid, alive scenes. This is no different.
It's artwork like theirs that makes me want to continue being a fantasy artist.