Have you checked out www.beards.org
yet? (Yes a website and forums dedicated to beards!) Some good tips, tons of pictures and beard types, and of course forums.
I just recently shaved my beard off and am completely clean shaven but feel naked almost.. (Don't get any ideas CeeKay - remember HepC still reads these forums and you're in enough trouble for the naked pictures of Elton John he found in your dress.)
Going to start growing it back to something short like a 1, if you can even call that a beard. Have to have some facial hair.
I like the look of Greg Goodrich (Medal of Honor producer) but unfortunately the job I'm going into only allows 'neatly trimmed facial hair' and so I can't let it grow out much beyond 1".