Pencils, pens, brushes, ink, watercolors and really good paper.
Honestly, I have many influences, but those influences don't necessarily carry over in a visual sense. Sometimes it's the mentality of the construction of a piece or the mentality of certain artistic processes.
Well, a lot of my influences aren't visual artists at all, but writers and philosophers. I have a tendency to be very cerebral when it comes to thinking about art and I find myself often inspired to create work that examines ideas. The influences in this category (some being comic writers) would include: Daniel Quinn, Lao Tzu, Jack London, Alan Moore, Grant Morrison, Thich Nhat Hanh, Emma Goldman, Peter Kropotkin, Ernest Callenbach, Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Upton Sinclair and Chris Claremont.
In the visual artists category (which includes filmmakers) include: Frank Frazetta, Arthur Adams, Marc Silvestri, Jim Lee, Ben Caldwell, William Adolphe Bouguerreau, Alphonse Mucha, Martin Scorsese, Terrence Malick, Darren Aronofsky, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Orson Welles, Dan Brereton, Jimmie Robinson, Fritz Lang, Juanjo Guarnido and Hayao Miyazaki to name a few.
I don't think that's for me to say, but I can say that, for me, artistic accomplishments are doing better art-making today than you did the day before. I might be able to better answer this questions when I'm 80.