Unfortunately, I'm not much of an artist (or an artist at all if the truth be told) so I'm dependent on other people's work. I could just do what an unfortunate number of other online folk do and just copy-and-paste from wherever I find it. Instead, I make use of the Creative Commons Search engine. It searches for all sorts of media that have been clearly licenced with any of the Creative Commons licences. You can choose which site to focus on (I find flickr the most useful) and you might be surprised just how much "stuff" is out there to use.
I usually manage to find images that I like but which don't always fit the purpose for which I am searching. I bookmark them or something with the aim of coming back to them but you know where those sorts of aims end up. So instead, like I have done once before I'll just share some of my favourites here, some with intelligent comments and some without.
Most of these images are licenced under a Share-Alike Attribution licence and I have hyperlinked back to the image's flickr page as my method of attribution. Thanks to all the talented artists and photographers who do such interesting work and like to share.
This image reminds me of going for walks with my children. They can't manage to go anywhere in the bush without picking up a stick. At least this woman has managed not to turn it into a pretend light-sabre.
Wow! Real life mermaid.
I've never made it to any sort of SF or fantasy or gaming con. And definitely never dressed up for the occasion. But I want to.
Bob the Skull online!
No idea why I saved this one. Probably looking for gargoyles of some sort.
A black-winged angel. What else is there to say?
Is this a jester? A demon? What? Another one I could tag with a big bag of don't know... Ok, it's a jester, the flickr page says so!