Everything and everywhere. Sounds crazy but the world is full of amazing things if you just pay attention. Sometimes the way a leaf is floating in a creek, or an old farm house, or a dingy old street in a busy city. All such visuals can trigger the question: what’s the story here? Asking this is a great starting point when it comes to developing a story or character.

Looking at my own life experiences and history is also a great source of potential story and character material. When you are close to an idea, the story can just flow from you plus you can gain a greater understanding of what a character might be going through. I have also used people that I know as inspirations for picture book characters. Not necessarily from a visual stand point but more in regards to character traits. The visuals just grow organically once the character has taken shape.

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