Haven't done one of these in a little while, so I figured I'd bring one up. The question for today is, how important is the art to you in a gaming book or supplement? Now, for this I am not talking about a cover, as the cover having good art can attract the eye, and otherwise draw attention to something you otherwise might not look twice at, but once you are inside the book how important is the art?
Do you like having it? Look to it for clues and other inspirations for the game? Do you use the to judge what kind of things the book is trying to let you do? Or are they just niceties to have, but not something essential to your experience in buying a book? If a book was offered at a lower price, but because it didn't have art inside, would you give it a shot?
I won't hide that I am also interested in these answers for personal reasons, but people's view towards the art in their books interests me. I know it matters to enough people for me to actually cover it in the reviews that I do. So, what is your view of it? How do you use it? Why do you like, or dislike it? Do you like it all to be a consistent style? Or prefer when multiple artists get their work, in a variety of styles, in one book?
Let us all know!