Inspiration comes from so many places it is hard to list them. I love when customers make suggestions, I also frequently draw things with a family member in mind. I do not sit down with a pre-planned image or design pattern. I sketch the image outline, starting with paper and pencil. Typically I draw the image a few times before inking the outline. Once the outline looks right it is time to add the fun stuff. Sometimes I draw the details and designs and then color them in. Other times I color in the image and then ink the details and fine lines.
Whimsical Names and Stories
Once the animal, or image, is done it is time for a name. For most of my animals I look up their characteristics and symbolism. It could be the totem or dream meaning, or their significance to different cultures. Then I find names that have a similar meaning to the animal characteristics and symbolism. I truly enjoy this bit of my process. For my plants, hobbies, dinosaurs, and mythical animals I find names that just seem right to me. They could be related to characteristics, fun names you don’t hear anymore, or just a name that strikes my fancy. I don’t like to use common names that your hear everyday, because well you hear them all the time!
On a side note I try to use each letter of the alphabet, a few letters are much easier to find names for.