A friend noticed that I’ve been staying up and questioned why I’ve been depriving myself of much needed rest, and I admitted I couldn’t sleep either due to nightmares or plaguing thoughts (I think I think too much sometimes). We decided to work with a few ideas inspired by these dreams and as…
You’re nuts those don’t look horrible at all. 4AM doodles are the best. I’ll send you my 4AM doodles and then you can feel awesome about how yours are superior in everyway. Gosh, I love your sketches, but I’ll ramble to you on skype about what I like about them since you’re so determined to hate your artwork I’M GOING TO GO ON FOREVER AND YOU CANNOT STOP ME. You can block me, though, I might rant at you about it before posting this. Dohoho.
Anyway, I think that’s a neat way to create characters - giving the other person traits and tidbits to expand on - I think it’d be fun to try that sometime.
About the dream thing.
I can’t argue that inspiration can come from anywhere and everywhere no matter how subtle that inspiration may be and I would never think to exclude dreams from ‘anywhere and everything’ but at the same time I can’t say I’ve ever experienced the same kind of dream-inspiration as most (if not every) creative individual I’ve ever spoken to has.
All the time I hear about characters, plots, settings and concepts that someone took from a dream they had or from a collection of dreams. Most of the people I talk to now seem to, at the very least, have one character who was taken, changed or inspired from the happenings of a dream or several and I have never, once, experienced this myself.
I can’t say I’ve never been inspired by a dream, but I can say that if I have it was never direct and this isn’t for a lack of thought. I dream rarely, especially now, and half the time I’ve forgotten my dreams on waking or only been left with snippets, as you know. When I can remember them I usually write them down just so I can go back to them later and mull over where they came from and, if you will, find potential ‘meanings’. If I ever wind up thinking anything remotely related to my creations it’s usually as a result of something in a dream reminding me of something I’ve already thought up.
Plenty of times I’ve been inspired by the dreams of others, mostly in visuals of settings when people describe them to me. I’ve always figured this is probably because my dreams are a messy delivery of the things already in my head while the dreams of another are a messy delivery of what’s in theirs - which is significantly differently from what’s in mine. I still remember the staircase made of rooms from a dream a former friend had; a world breaking apart behind the foot-steps of a familiar stranger from another friend; mazes made up of clocks and others of mirrors; shadowed hallways with plain doors all done in solid colours; spindly legged cats that seemed to wisp and change as they move with eyes as black and endless as an abyss that never seem to stick to a single shape; a masked man who brings unsettling choices. All sorts of things. My dreams? Nothing of the sort. I remember scenes, but nothing that gives me such beautiful images and ideas as the dreams other people have.
I’m a dream stalker. Watch out everyone, I’m creeping your dreams.
So, while I can’t argue with anything you’ve raised I can still say that I don’t ‘get inspiration’ from my dreams. Not, at least, in the same way everyone else seems to.
I do loads of thinking while I wait to fall asleep, even if I never do, and think of loads of things during that time. So maybe my brain is just to exhausted to be bothered with giving me anything I could run off of or any dreams at all.