When I first started drawing and painting, I was living in Japan teaching English. My wife was with me, but unlike me, she refused to let Japan keep her from going to San Diego Comic Con. She brought me back 2 art books by Stephan Martiniere.
In many ways, his stuff reminds me of the classic sci-fi illustrators of the 70s, like Berkey. At the time, I was trying to integrate photography and 3D elements, and I was definitely inspired by Stephan's process.