I watch lots and lots of good porn…
then when it’s finished, I draw stuff and I get my inspiration from the drawing. Actually, pornography is the best way I’ve found for getting references of attractive human forms and in general inspires me to think about what defines beauty.
I also think some kids TV shows have a lot of good material like Tom and Jerry because they have so many good characters and scenarios.
I think characterisation is an often overlooked element in modelling/animation. I see an awful lot of 3d scenes with cars, rooms and landscapes and they’re ok but they get boring after a while. You can tell from the WIP section on Elysiun where someone posted a 3D carrot. Normally that would sound boring too but the artist made a very interesting character out of it and it just made it so appealing. That’s why Toy Story succeeds where Final Fantasy fails even though the latter was of superior visual quality - character and plot.
Story books are an excellent way to get inspiration because they stimulate peoples’ imaginations in different ways. The LOTR movie trilogy was Peter Jackson’s interpretation of the books but someone else might make things look a lot different.
The best medium for you is whatever stimulates your imagination. It’s different for everyone. I’m a bit of an insomniac so I get a lot of ideas just lying in bed and letting my imagination run wild for a couple of hours. Imagination is the key (as the Elysiun slogan points out) - if you don’t have imagination, you won’t come up with stuff that’s new. In that case, go and find someone with a good imagination - kids are great for that. In this crappy world where loads of adults suffer from depression and use alcohol as an escape, kids can be entertained for hours with a cardboard box - they are masters of imagination.