So when I’m writing a story, I quite often go looking for artwork that is similar to how I imagine characters or scenery. I then use that artwork to both inspire me and to use as anchors for the image of the character or place. It’s just one of the little tricks I use to help me through.
Here are a couple of the pieces of art I used like this when writing Pawn’s Gambit.
The first is by Yueran (https://www.artstation.com/songyueran)
And the second is by Vablo (https://www.deviantart.com/vablo/gallery)