Majority of members will probably suggest that you go for LCD...but I would say the opposite....CRT!
Because almost none of today's LCD's can compare to "good old" CRT in the matter of color quality (and some other important areas as well)...well maybe some but they surely cost way over $1000 (and I believe at that point...PRICE MATTERS!
). So since you said you are a designer, animator, working with big size images (which I believe need to be of exact colors too), I believe CRT has advantage....but thats my opinion...actually you need to do the math for yourself....first to ask yourself whether that "large box"-CRT doesnt bother you (or if you prefer slim models more-LCD)...and then....quality of colors...if its important...that your final (i.e. printed or so) product has EXACTLY (or very near to) the same colors as on your screen before...? Finally....the price (although you said it doesnt matter)...you can get much better&larger CRT than LCD monitor for same price...
Well thats all....dont really know what else to say...its your decission to make...and i hope someone else here will also post his/her opinion, so that you could decide more easily...cause you know...the more knowledge/opinions....the better....
And about which model....first that comes in my mind is SAMSUNG (for both LCD or CRT!)...it has some great LCD's....with brilliant picture quality,low response times, and much more other goodies....some more expensive 19" model also offers 1440x???? (or even higher - 1600x1200??? - dont know for sure...I read about that few days ago and was impressed) resolution (when majority of other LCD 19" are still on "low" 1280x1024....). Also their CRT models are great (and for same price as 19" LCD you may actually get 21" CRT - another advantage
). Also...you cant go wrong with SONY,VIEWSONIC,LG,NEC,...etc....
Ok enough for now...and if you need anything else...just PM me and I will try to help you out asap.