I thought I'd start with an amazing painting, 'Elric and the Sinking City' by Michael Whelan.
I first came across Elric when his stories were reprinted by Grafton in 1989 and I bought the entire run. This was my favourite of the Whelan covers because it captured both Elric and his world for me; he's muscular but not overbearingly so, and he has obviously has a deep connection to the sword Stormbringer as he cradles it, with a flat, expressionless face that speaks volumes about his torment. As well as that, the surroundings are obviously ancient but also bleak, disturbing and in a state of decline, just like him and his people.
It's a fantastic image and is one that I find not only inspiring but also incredibly evocative of Elric and his saga.