I was stopped cold when i stumbled upon the artwork of this man, Arthur Rackham. I'm a fan of illustrators, evidenced by my interest in graphic novels and the Gorey prints on my arm and walls. Though i'd never seen Mr. Rackham's work before, after looking through a collection of his illustrations; specifically on the piece above, i realized why i felt it familiar; Guillermo Del Toro sited Rackham's work as his artistic inspiration for Pan's Labyrinth.
Rackham's style was wildly fantastic, and classically restrained in the same breath, and his use of (and illustrations for) classic Victorian children's tales as subjects only increases their otherworldly queeziness for me. I can't help but stare at the detail in each plate, the softness of the faces, the subtle and muted tones. Beautiful stuff.