You might wonder from whence to source ideas for your stories. Where to start? Animus draws from personal, interpersonal and shared mythology.
Here are some places I look for story inspiration, with examples of how I used them in Animus.
1. books, movies and other media
Comparing yourself to other artists, to the "outside world," when you create your art is not only detrimental to your self-esteem (if you do so in a self-effacing manner) but also slows you down.
The key here is to not be a critic when you are an artist. Those are two different roles. Embrace the energy flow of who you are and let that hit the page with no doubts or second guessing yourself.
2. Significant relationships in your life
Have you ever had a mentor who really looked after you? Do you remember how it felt to have someone to take under your wing? Real life relationships can often be strong sources of emotionality and imagination for you to draw on to create fiction.
In the first couple pages of the first Animus: Rites of Passage comic, Onna the Amfrassian (frog) Wizard-She enters the scene with her young friend and apprentice, Taraka the ten year old Här-Bownan (rabbit) visionary. As a father I can relate to Onna's position in caring for a younger ward, and her struggles in determining how much to tell him about the wider world.
3. Your inner world of emotions
One writer offered the advice to ask yourself "What makes you angry?" anytime you are stuck. Emotions are the core of story telling, so look deep within to find your joys, pains, and unique emotional binds. Unravelling these in story form, can often help you make sense of the feelings run rampant in your own heart.
Being stuck in an eternal commitment, Pellos the Doth (dog) warrior stands guard in his tower, refusing to believe the war is over. His commitment to this struggle parallels my own "dogged" refusal to let go of the past or even admit things are "okay" after life's storms have past.
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