Post Reply January Discussion - Inspiration
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Posted 1/1/17
Artists, styles, stories, and events. All of these things can have powerful effects on readers. I'm sure you've all seen documentaries where creators will talk about how experiences as children or other works that were prevalent at the time inspired them to go on and make some of the most beloved series to this date. How something as simple as pulling a bike out of a polluted river or watching a trashy American adult cartoon can produce something completely new is beyond me, but it's almost like magic.

This January, let's start the year off discussing what gave us that jumpstart to make the things we do! Maybe you have a character inspired by a scene in a movie? Or perhaps a whole story based off of something that happened to you? It's important not to forget the things that paved the way for our own ideas. And who knows? Maybe you'll introduce someone here to something they've never seen before?
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Well... I guess I tend to get inspiration from music? The genre doesn't exactly matter, rock, jazz, etc as long as it has some soul. Take for example, "The song of the Lonely Mountain by Neil Finn". It's something which has a lot of meaning, and although it is based on the Hobbit, the song can really create a scene. The metal clanging at the start giving the sound of metal on an anvil, whilst the later clapping giving off the idea of a more relaxed party with dancing, even with the melancholic vibe. I guess for me, the more the music is depressing and sad, the more I can get out of the song and I can relate towards it, the more I can relate, the more I can let my mind explore areas it wants to...

When it comes to villains, I look at the villains which I most loved the story of (sometimes more the backstory than the character) and try and take bits I really like into their character. For example, the first thing I really like to look into is what makes my character do what they're doing. Simply "because they're bad" feels like a poor reason to do it to me, whereas things like insanity (Bill Cipher), greed (Smaug the Destroyer), wish for power (Sauron the deceiver), pure hatred (General Grievous) and the wish to survive (the Borg). I'm not saying that I would take the exact character and replicate it into my story, but use what made the villain so powerful to enhance my own character.
For example take insanity and the Bill Cipher example there is a scene where Bill laughs madly and says "Alright, listen up you one lifespan, three dimensional, five sense skin puppets! (Normal voice:) For one trillion years I've been trapped in my own decaying dimension, waiting for a new universe to call my own. Name's Bill! But you can call me your new lord and master for all of eternity!" before melting a statue with his power. That show of complete and utter detachment from those he is talking to and the huge show of might really go to show him as an insane monster, something which I would take to help build my own character.

Having said all that, I'm probably talking rubbish to you alll ^-^"
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My biggest inspiration has always been the spirit and legacies of my favorite cartoons. I've been watching cartoons for as long as I can remember, Japanese and American, and because I've lived with elderly people in my childhood, I was shown a lot of older stuff. Old Looney Toons, Betty Boop, Felix the Cat, ETC.. I also knew someone who enjoyed older anime shows, thus introducing me to a world of classics.

The most inspiring thing about them, to me, is how unique they are, and how they stood out enough to be remembered as long as they have. I'm a big history nut, so I suppose that helps too. It just feels amazing to be partaking in something someone made, and knowing their dream came true in the process. They told their story, and now it's continued to be told, even with them not around. A bit of them lives on, in a sense.
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Sometimes I take inspiration from things I just plain like/think are cool or cute, like catgirls. Other times I make OCs because I wanna have an OC with a connection to another OC, like Cammy and Cleo, who I've never mentioned on here before. I'm trying to follow in the footsteps of something like Lucky Star crossed with Is The Order a Rabbit crossed with like I dunno maybe Azumanga Daioh for the story I'll (hopefully) be writing soon starring my precious catgirls. As for my art style, I just kinda make little cute cartoon-y characters with big round heads, small-ish bodies, and thick black outlines. If you wanna see what I'm talking about, check out my Colors! account @Snowy_ (shameless plug, I know) and maybe follow me there if you wanna.
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