I've been drawing all my life but didn't start drawing people until I came up with my own characters around 1991. I have a site for them, if you want to check it out, it's listed as my personal art/stories site.I was also an Elfwood member a long time ago but I closed that account and moved to DeviantART for a little while. I missed it here though; so I came back.
Art, simple website design, animals, and nature stuff.
The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander. These are The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, The High King, and The Foundling and Other Tales from Prydain. I also liked The Chronicles of Narnia, Till We Have Faces, The Last Unicorn, anything on myth and legends (Norse, Arthurian, Greek, etc..) and the EarthSea books I actually just read in 2008.