I'm in final art mode for A Christmas Goodnight (Fall 2011) and I thought I'd share with you some images I have in my studio to get the juices going. The book is full of wonderful color and texture, and though the characters in these images have nothing to do with the subject I am working with, the line and color inspires me. It's so important for me to have visual inspiration for the projects I work on. It gets me right in the mood!
Mauric Sendak from "The Art of Maurice Sendak"
This has been in my files forever....can't find the reference! Let me know if you know!
EDIT: William Joyce from MY FIRST BOOK OF NURSERY TALES
Maurice Sendak, Moon Jumpers