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    Where do you look for inspiration?

    What sources, artistic or no, do you find really help you come up with ideas?

    Personally, I usually like looking at pictures of space and of strange animals.


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    I get inspired when looking at work in progress art here on CA, and I also love freshcharacters.com. Really nice site with lots of different type of styles

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    Bank statements, bills and life expectancy statistics.
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    It usually randomly hits me. It can be the most mundane everyday things. I rarely find it if I'm specifically out for it.

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    I love observing animals, so I recently got inspiration from a pair of gerbils my boyfriend keeps. They're so springy and stretchy! I also love to look at other people's styles and methods of working so that I can try it out in my own work. Oh! And I get insipration from the weather, my tutors, my boyfriend...Anything! ^^;

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    I think if you're looking for inspiration, you're doing it wrong. Inspiration should find you, not the other way around. I've made a point the last few years to follow this rule.

    That said, inspiration often comes when you least expect it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jake Kobrin View Post
    I think if you're looking for inspiration, you're doing it wrong. Inspiration should find you, not the other way around.
    Why? You decide to wait, you wait forever. Why wait when you can just... take?

    What do we need inspiration for anyways... to draw another naked chick, one more giant robot, and to be the 100th person to draw a magic city in the skies?

    Inspiration is probably fiction.

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    Either outside at the world or here. I might take a gander over at http://www.gorillaartfare.com or http://www.characterdesigns.com . Hell, even http://www.cgtalk.com has a couple really good artists

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    Another good source of inspiration is creepy toddler programs. They all seem to be made by hippies on LSD. I mean, have you SEEN "In the Night Garden"?! Trippy as hell...

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    Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work. (Chuck Close)

    Inspiration comes from doing. (Robert Genn)

    If you only paint on those days when you feel like it, you're effectively putting up a notice on your easel saying, "Out - back when I feel like it." (Marion Boddy-Evans)

    People who are not artists often feel that artists are inspired. But if you work at your art you don't have time to be inspired. (John Cage)

    Inspiration is a byproduct of discipline... simply getting up everyday and planning, plotting, sketching, setting up or actually applying paint to a painting. (Beverly Claridge)

    Stop. Breathe. Allow yourself the luxury of doing nothing for a moment, or an hour, or even a day. It is in emptiness that inspiration will appear. (Carole Katchen)

    The longing to produce great inspirations didn't produce anything but more longing. (Sophie Kerr)

    You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. (Jack London)
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    There are some really quotes in that lot Demo!

    Thanks a lot.

    Inspiration is I think planning and pushing your mind down a road it doesnt want to go, struggling like hell with the problem and thinking "THATS IT!! ITS ALL &%*#@!" I'm going for a coffee.

    And then in that serene moment when the caffiene soaks in to your system you think ahhhhh! and inspiration lands.

    You got to want it before you find it, and like everything else in your mind it isnt where you left it last time!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ilaekae View Post
    I stuff dryer lint into my beard and set fire to it.
    You should put this under your pictures in the Draw from the What Does Everyone Look Like thread. I'm now inspired, but you might have to wait a bit.

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    when i need some inspiration i usually read this story which i found from internet.
    Yes here read about Harland Sanders, who was born in Henryville, Indiana. His father died when he was six years old, and since his mother worked, he was required to cook for his family. He dropped out of school in seventh grade. During his teen years, Sanders worked many jobs, including steamboat driver, insurance salesman, railroad fireman, farmer, and enlisted in the Army as a private in 1918, although he spent his entire service in Cuba.

    At the age of 40, Sanders cooked chicken dishes and other meals for people who stopped at his service station in Corbin, Kentucky. Since he did not have a restaurant, he served customers in his living quarters in the service station.

    Eventually, his local popularity grew, and Sanders moved to a motel and restaurant that seated 142 people and worked as the chef. Over the next nine years, he perfected his method of cooking chicken. Furthermore, he made use of a pressure fryer that allowed the chicken to be cooked much faster than by pan-frying.

    He was given the honorary title "Kentucky Colonel" in 1935 by Governor Ruby Laffoon. Sanders chose to call himself "Colonel" and to dress in a stereotypical "Southern gentleman" style as a way of self-promotion.

    After the construction of Interstate 75 reduced his restaurant's customer traffic, Sanders took to franchising Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants. AT AGE 65, using $105.00 from his first Social Security check he funded his potential franchisees.

    He didn't even get started until 65 and the rest is history.

    "I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it."

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    My inspiration comes from many places - people and places around me, my friends, things I read about, games, books, and myself.

    I also keep a dream journal. My brain is hyperactive and practically 'dreaming' all the time. It often comes up with very bizarre imagery, which I sometimes draw or paint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demo View Post
    Amateurs look for inspiration; the rest of us just get up and go to work. (Chuck Close)

    Inspiration comes from doing. (Robert Genn)

    If you only paint on those days when you feel like it, you're effectively putting up a notice on your easel saying, "Out - back when I feel like it." (Marion Boddy-Evans)

    People who are not artists often feel that artists are inspired. But if you work at your art you don't have time to be inspired. (John Cage)

    Inspiration is a byproduct of discipline... simply getting up everyday and planning, plotting, sketching, setting up or actually applying paint to a painting. (Beverly Claridge)

    Stop. Breathe. Allow yourself the luxury of doing nothing for a moment, or an hour, or even a day. It is in emptiness that inspiration will appear. (Carole Katchen)

    The longing to produce great inspirations didn't produce anything but more longing. (Sophie Kerr)

    You can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. (Jack London)
    Those are all great quotes. I especially like the Jack London quote about going after inspiration with a club.

    The one by John Cage is also good "if you work at your art you don't have time to be inspired."
    I would modify that to "if you work at your art you dont have time to worry about being inspired" because the drive of self growth, one day at a time, is enough to keep you inspired, not second guessing yourself, and moving forward as an artist.

    The quote i've had in my signature for about 2 or 3 years could probably live in this thread too:

    "The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it."
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    hehh I've tried the 'just do it' approach and it doesnt work for me, and when I work without being inspired or wanting to, the final products are usually my least favorite pieces. I like Carole Katchen's quote, it applies best to me; I feel inspired when I've stepped away from doing art for a while, which could take from a few minutes of brainstorming to an entire week of staring at the ceiling.

    I dont think you have to force yourself to do art if you dont feel inspired, or into it... take your time, this isnt a race. Moebius for example, If I remember what I read correctly, spent an entire year in Mexico with nothing, no sketchbook, didnt draw at all. But the desert landscape inspired him for years to come in his comics. he said its his favorite environment to draw

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    Do I detect bastardism in here?: "It's cool to see what other people are trying then go and do it before they can"

    LOL!!

    Sore Schizo artists asks:"Why is it that every time I get inspired there's like a Star wars week, or Mermaid festival when I havn't even finished yet?"


    I think the message I'm getting here today is for me to quit the "wanting to be original" complex. Do stuff and do it good.
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    Perhaps I should be more honest (to myself, I guess). My main influence for my artwork is music... Specifically neofolk, dark ambient, and black metal.

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    Music is actually a pretty great influence. I've been starting to listen to more folk punk recently while I work, but I mostly just put on some progressive rock or doom metal. Or something along those lines.

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    Do something boring for a bit.

    Listen to soundtracks for films I've never seen.

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    Dood.. I heard you like inspiration so... I got you this R-Kelly tube



    oh.. An THIS Whitney Houston tube

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    I'm looking at my light bulb of low light!!!

    or on my wall near the bed

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    I don't go looking for inspiration, it just strikes me randomly at the weirdest of times. Taking a walk outside, watching documentaries on television and listening to music while staring out the window may give it a little push though.

    I also tend to get inspired when I don't have the means to draw around me, such as at work or while doing chores under the watchful eye of my mother. Gutted when that happens because I still haven't found a way to store a moment of inspiration and apply it later .

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    I know it sounds a bit far fetched but it actually works. The beauty of peanut butter, if you see some truth in that you can paint a series of them.

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    B-movies, Castlevania games, and filmmaking tend to motivate me.
    yay, just got my 100th post. Yeah.... I should really start a sketchbook now

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    it's strange but I get my inspiration from staring at my bathroom tiles while in the shower. shapes jump out at me in the patterns I see, and they end up looking like an artistic creature or environment in my head. here is a link to some examples of tile that I am talking about.

    http://www.villagiotile.com/products...03143421953930

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    I eat pomegranate seeds and read horse care manuals.
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    I get inspiration from other pin-up artists like me. I really enjoy watching their masterpieces.

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