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    Specifically this one.

    Needless to say if you came to the art discussion thread to look for an inspiration topic and missed it then you'll be needing just a teeny weeny nudge in the right direction. Or perhaps a shove with a bulldozer...



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    Not to sound too cliche, but inspiration can be found everywhere.

    I recommend you take some time for self-reflection, ask yourself a few questions. Have you felt inspired before? If so, when? How? What exactly inspired you? Don't limit your inspirations to just a few, minute sources, expand your horizons.

    Some of my inspiration is drawn from fellow artists (no pun intended), whether they're just starting out and struggling, experienced and skilled, or well-seasoned and redefining the industry as we speak, many of them have made an impact on my art direction and it's style.

    Music is also very inspiring, and again, expand your horizons and listen to different music, both old and new, popular and obscure, you'll be surprised at what you may find. If I never did that, I wouldn't exactly have as many favorites as I do now. I mostly listen to Metal, rock, and electronica/techno.

    My favorite band currently is Kamelot, they're in a sub-genre called symphonical metal (basically, metal heavily influenced by classical/orchestral music, and it shows), give them a good listen, you might find them 'stimulating'. I'd be willing to share many more of my favorites if you'd like.

    A few good websites to expand your music tastes - Stumbleaudio and Musicovery, although I prefer Stumbleaudio. Youtube can be a good choice, look up obscure bands, try to find them, and check out related videos/music, I've been pleased with some of the results.

    StumbleUpon also serves me inspiration, just simply discovering something new and potentially insightful or creative gets the juices flowing.

    In a nutshell, expand your horizons, don't just replace the old with the new, broaden them, understand that anything can inspire.

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    i have a stash of it under my bed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by damascus57 View Post
    Specifically this one.

    Needless to say if you came to the art discussion thread to look for an inspiration topic and missed it then you'll be needing just a teeny weeny nudge in the right direction. Or perhaps a shove with a bulldozer...
    Actually, this had to be moved from Sketchbooks. So, -2 points.


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    In my stack of monthly bills. I could send you some if you thing it would help?

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    Another approach is turn off your TV, computer, radio, whatever, get out of your normal place and spend some time with yourself. Walk in the woods or an unfamiliar part of town. Sit in a coffee shops and let the ambient murmur of conversation wash over you. Sketch aimlessly, without plan. Inspiration will bubble up on its own.

    I think it was Samuel Delaney (or it might not have been) who said that ideas were printed on the backs of lables of 12-year-old scotch. But not all of them, so you'd have to sample as many as possible to be sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nezumi Works View Post
    Another approach is turn off your TV, computer, radio, whatever, get out of your normal place and spend some time with yourself. Walk in the woods or an unfamiliar part of town. Sit in a coffee shops and let the ambient murmur of conversation wash over you. Sketch aimlessly, without plan. Inspiration will bubble up on its own.

    I think it was Samuel Delaney (or it might not have been) who said that ideas were printed on the backs of lables of 12-year-old scotch. But not all of them, so you'd have to sample as many as possible to be sure.
    25 points to Nezumi for quoting Sam Delaney; I'm impressed you even know his name. You get another 25 if you've ever finished one of his books.

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    Outside of your head.

    "Everything must serve the idea. The means used to convey the idea should be the simplest and clear. Just what is required. No extra images. To me this is a universal principle of art. Saying as much as possible with a minimum of means."
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    Quote Originally Posted by dpaint View Post
    25 points to Nezumi for quoting Sam Delaney; I'm impressed you even know his name. You get another 25 if you've ever finished one of his books.
    Two, actually. I've read Babel-17 several times (and loved it), and The Einstein Intersection once, although it was so long ago I barely remember it.

    Ever read R.A. Lafferty? Some great wordplay and enthusiastic dream logic there that could help stoke the inspiration furnaces.

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    Yeah - good on you Zumi! That was pulling some deep knowledge there! Usually people quote Ellison in respones to this question, "I get my ideas from a PO Box in Schenectady, Illinois." (or somehting to that effect).

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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffX99 View Post
    Usually people quote Ellison in respones to this question, "I get my ideas from a PO Box in Schenectady, Illinois." (or somehting to that effect).
    Poughkeepsie. Ellison gets his delivered monthly from an idea service in Poughkeepsie, NY.


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    Find it? I need a restraining order against it.

    But seriously. Here's my method: always be producing. If you're always using ideas up then you always have to be hunting for more. You don't have the luxury of throwing them back in the pond if you don't like the colour of their little tentacles. You just run with what you've got and hope the next one is bigger. Eventually you get smart and start writing the extra ones down. Then you have a breeding population and after 10 years of doing this you can't get rid of the little buggers. They jump up and down on your brain all night.

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    Sometimes I just don't do anything for a while (including browsing internet, watching TV etc.) and relax. Then I get bored. Out of lack of interesting things happening, my brain starts to naturally create some ideas to become occupied with something. That's the moment when I don't really need to look for inspiration beacause it almost finds me.

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    You find inspiration wherever you find inspiration.

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    It's rare to find inspiration standing inside you like a fully grown tree. It happens only a couple of times in a lifetime.

    And that isn't really the case either. It's just that it's been growing without us noticing.

    We have to plant seeds. Tiny, insignificant things, keep them watered, prune them as saplings, and go on planting new ones when the thing, half grown, turns out diseased.

    Patience, care and love with your planting is the only preparation for inspiration's harvest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vineris View Post
    Find it? I need a restraining order against it.
    I can totally relate to this. Inspiration has a habit of gnawing on my head when i should be doing other things. Particularly when I am working on my essays and assignments for my very non-art related master's degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elwell View Post
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    Dreams, music, movies, art through the ages, photography etc etc - but I actively search for things that I know can inspire me and reject all other that I dont find inspiration in, but only after I have looked at it thouroughly. That way I can get every single drop of inspiration from something.

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    Take a sleep when you feel bored, then try to dream a dream, maybe in your dream it could help .

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    The other day I played a video game for the first time in months. Was great to remind myself of one of the things that inspired me to pursue art to begin with, and the next day was one of my most productive art-wise in a while. I'm guessing most people here don't have a problem with playing too few games... so I guess this post probably won't help anyone but oh well.

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    make a folder with all your favorite pics and reference pics in it (for me its environments, everything revolves around environments(photos))


    turn on a some music and get Xee, or irfanview. spacebar through the whole folder. go back and forth and back and forth this is so much fun.

    welp at least for me

    go on walks.

    play a video game
    go out in nature. find some ridiculous people in walmart and study them closely. profit!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liffey View Post
    The other day I played a video game for the first time in months. Was great to remind myself of one of the things that inspired me to pursue art to begin with, and the next day was one of my most productive art-wise in a while.
    Same here. Now that my computer is busted and I have no television (that would show channels I mean), I eventually was bored enough to pick up one of the comics I read long ago and suddenly I was reminded by everything I loved in the comics I bought and why they inspired me to draw and I was fired up.

    Also, what works for me is to borrow some books about old clothes/fashion/medieval art/mythology and start reading and redrawing the things I see. Usually some funky garter-belt or tunic will get me interested on designing the same, or some old weapon that I really want to draw on my character or some really old cavepainting that I think would look awesome if drawn more realistically and so on.

    Overall, being really bored also helps.

    EDIT:Also this thread features many ways to work over lack of inspiration http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=219430

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