Kactiguy mentioned he liked the William Russell Flint post so i thought I would throw up some more.
In the same way N.C. Wyeth and Maxfield Parish got me into American Illustration when I was younger
Arthur Rackham and Aubrey Beardsley got me into some of my favourite turn of the century British Illustrators like Harry Clark, Frank Brangwyn
and William Russell Flint. Flint was an amazing watercolourist and was famous for his drawings of the ladies.
Rocketeer creator and pinup artist Dave Stevens has mentioned him as influence.
From the Canterbury Tales
From his great book of drawings called Drawings
and from the Song of Songs