Note - i've included this in my 'this is why I love animation' section. It's obviously not animation - but its all about style. Ya dig??
Edgar Degas - Mary Cassatt (1880)
Egon Schiele - Self portrait with hands on chest (1910)
Jeremy Enecio - portrait
Jim Phillips - George Clinton poster
John Minton - Self portrait
Kathe Kollwitz - Death & the woman 2
Mark Demseader - Bethany seated
Mark is a contemporary artist, check out his site his pictures are awesome.
Rembrandt - (sketch) Saskia sleeping
I think this sketch is really nice to see. We are very used to seeing Rembrandt's superb finished paitings, but I to see him capture it so quickly in a sketch is just as fulfilling (on a smaller, equally fruitful scale)
Robert Valley - Print 05 (from Pear Cider & Cigarettes)
Another contemporary artist i greatly admire, Robert Valley did the design work for the Tron animated series.
Vanessa Bell - Roger Fry
I think from this you can adjudge quite clearly the type of drawings/paintings I currently admire. One's that are somewhat 'half-finished', with points of interest that are worked up. I think it's because I like to be taken by the subjectivity in art :- as you can see above from the Schiele, Serov's & Jeremy Lipking especially, they all focus on the head of the figure, & the rest of the body is sometimes just an outline. The Demsteader one probably most overtly uses this technique, whilst the Degas one encompasses it to a totally different degree - a very well worked painting, but he has bought attention to the head with even greater detail, & with the white splurge behind.
I also love the capturing of different, often muted - but still plainly visible - emotions. Degas, Serov (the sketch), Minton & Enecio are good, varied examples. I think this comes from being an animator, the slight slight tweaks in a human face, innumerably possible & remarkably acute. You gotta admire when someone captures this. It's something a camera often can't do, as the subject is all to aware of the camera, and therefore there expression/manner is blighted.
I think largely, this all comes back to the opposition painting found itself up against in the 20th century. The advent of the camera blew the necessity of formal painted portraiture out the water. I (perhaps ignorantly..) assume this is the root of many of those modernist styles also; Futurism & Cubism, two good examples - Futurism looked to induce weight & speed into the paintings, whilst cubism included the multi faceted relationship of a personality, something very real - but unseeable to a camera.
Also will take this point to include some 'inspirational photographs', beginning with David Hockney:
I love these montages he did. To me (I havent read into them so excuse me if i'm wrong) but they are cubist essentially. Showing subjectively the different & slight iterations that make up a person.
Patti Smith & Bob Dylan
Unfortunately, i'm not so particular when I save these images, so my apologies to not being able to name the taker of the above photo's (besides the first - Diane Arbus). My guess would be some are Richard Avedon's.
Anywho, if you want a little more inspiration, check out HERE.