Relax, take a deep breath. You're psyching yourself out.
Originally Posted by Smashed_Pumpkin
I would just choose your favorite movie/video game/book and study it. Find some odd looking piece of equipment that doesn't get much attention and run with it. I know you want a really want a unique, ground-breaking idea that will blow your professor away but you also have to get this done on time. You have to find the balance between thinking and doing and not picking a super-complex idea that will take too long to complete or be too much of a chore. Keep it simple, stick to the necessities.
This is just flat out asking "do it for me?" Have faith in your own creativity and decision making. The reason why these assignments are self-directed is to teach you that. Trust yourself, you don't have to do any idea you don't like, you are in control. If you get to work and don't like something, then change it if you have the time. Just sit down with a sketchbook and the inspiration of your choosing and start drawing. No matter what it is, just let your head pour out onto the paper.
So effectively what I'm asking for are ideas of specific objects which would fit nicely into a specific film/book/game/play/"world" which is strange enough to keep me interested but would be considered normal in the world it was inspired for. Also ideally it should be something tangible that I can do lots of funky concept drawings of.
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