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I've got a question for anyone who's willing to field advice regarding design and brainstorming ideas with concept art and/or illustration.
I still haven't had a lot of experience in this area, and everyone seems to have a different method, but what do people think in regards to looking up reference before starting any sketches/thumbnails/silhouettes? I don't mean taking photos and copying them directly, just gathering images that you can use for inspiration based on (for example) main themes or concepts for the overall piece.
At the moment I feel that I run into a wall due to my lack of experience in general. If I allowed myself the excuse to find motifs or thematic images, it might just help jump-start the process.
Is this too limiting? Would I be using a crutch that would ultimately stifle my creativity? At this point I'm just trying to find a method that works for me.
Thanks in advance!
Great artists use reference, that's for sure. Don't be afraid to be inspired by other designs. If your work stands on it's own and can justify it's own existence, then you have successfully been inspired, and not just copied someone else's work.