Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’ve been trying to get back into mapping lately, but the problem is that I’m inspiration-less. So where do you guys get your inspiration from? Your imagination, images or something else?

Imagination.

Images.
This, for example:

http://www.facepunch.com/showpost.php?p=19992725&postcount=1154

I start up HL2/EP1/EP2/Portal/TF2 then look around for interesting architectural work. Or, I look into the W.I.P thread.

Well I saw a really bad movie a few months back and I was thinking about it the other day, and I thought it would be fun to give it a go… Anyway, despite it having the same name, it’s completely different to what I was planning, but the point remains.

Reality Warping is a good way for inspiration. Or Mis-seeing things.

Lots of different sources I see, I think I’ll also take a look at other games and get inspiration from them.

Just look at a lot of buildings that other well known architects or architectural firms have done.

I particularly like the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and draw a lot of my inspiration from his buildings. Also the firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill. They’re a good one to check out.

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Just look at a lot of buildings that other well known architects or architectural firms have done.

I particularly like the works of Frank Lloyd Wright and draw a lot of my inspiration from his buildings. Also the firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill. They’re a good one to check out.

Usually find interesting architecture then can’t stop thinking about it till I’ve mapped a good portion of it.

Camera phone. I always keep my phone with me so if I see something interesting, I can snap a picture. I’ve been volunteering at our local community center which is hosting a winter carnival. I haven’t been there in ages and I took a picture of the front:

http://www.bj0.org/pictures/IMG00200-20100213-1607.jpg

Pretty unique.

Inside, I was taking a break from making snow cones, so I sat down in the arena part to check an IRC channel, though I noticed the roof had some vaguely interesting design/pattern to it. So I took a picture:

http://www.bj0.org/pictures/IMG00192-20100213-1255.jpg

^Who knows, a map with a giant index finger could be… Fun?
Inspiration is everywhere. From that stairwell at school, to that weird roof on the house at the corner.

Whenever I am traveling to another country, or just out doors I look for inspiration. Some times I take a picture, if not I try the best I can to remember the architecture, and hopefully when I come back home I re-create it with hammer.

I went to Gozo a few months back and I filled two memory cards with photos of the villa we were staying at because it was interesting.