How do you come up with something to draw every day? Where do you find inspiration?

I don’t think it’s necessary to be inspired to come up with something to draw – life is full of shapes, colours, and concepts whether we’re motivated to think about them or not. Any random thought can be a seed for creativity if you’re willing to put in a little effort to plant it. One of the biggest things that helps me keep moving along is the fact that I’m not picky about how my sketches turn out. A lot of the time they’ll just end up looking mushy or vague because I didn’t have a particularly sharp idea in mind. And that’s fine, it’s still worthwhile to practice. Art doesn’t need burning inspiration behind it to be worthwhile.

I do have a few go-to things that I use for ideas if I’m stuck. Here’s a few thoughts:

  • Landscape/travel photography
  • Video games
  • Thinkin’ about space
  • Google Earth / street view of random places
  • Heavy machinery and abandoned factories
  • YouTube videos of people exploring parks, cities, or landmarks
  • Videos of train journeys
  • Looking up big lists of things like names of stars
  • Whatever colour the sky is right now
  • Books as you see them in your mind
  • Scribbling random splotches and squinting at them
  • My own old sketches from years past

If I get really stuck I sometimes look for inspiration in reverse – that is, I look at the last 3 or 4 things I’ve sketched and try to come up with something distinctly unlike those particular ones.