I don’t believe that ideas just drop from the sky into your lap. You have to work for them. You have to keep moving the pen around on the paper, and you have to keep banging away on the keyboard.
I’ve been chasing a new graphic novel idea for a while. I knew how I wanted it to feel, and I had a real sense of what the project would be like, but I was missing a few tiny details, such as a story and a character.
The other night, while my son was doing his homework, I was, as usual, doodling. I sit next to him to keep him focused, but he really doesn’t need help with his work. Something showed up the doodles that I hadn’t planned on. It was a character for this hazy notion that I had. The floodgates opened. Within minutes I knew who my character was, how he would act, and what his arc would be. He fit perfectly into the setting that I had thought so long about, and he makes sense in the stories I want to tell.
Some might argue that the idea did simply show up in my drawings, and it had been in my subconscious all along. I will agree with that part, but if I had been doing anything else but drawing that evening, I wouldn’t have been there to channel it into something concrete. One never knows when the best ideas will show up, so we must always be working towards them.
You might be thinking that I am being terribly vague here about the idea itself, but I don’t really want to explain the whole concept yet. It’s kinda hidden there in the artwork.