I've been meaning to share this book with y'all for ages now. It's so darned inspiring! Even if you don't draw. What I like so much is that each picture is accompanied by an explanation of what the artist did.
So, for instance, the pic below illustrates Collage and Scale by Lisa Naylor. Right there, bam, you have an idea to try out. Cut up some big faces or bodies (or a big picture of a shoe) and then draw some things around it smaller. So to continue with the shoe example, I'd draw tiny people sliding down the shoe and with ladders climbing up the shoe. Or maybe, you could put another collage piece of a planet inside the shoe. I like to play with scale.
This next picture is digital manipulation by Marina Molares. That is something that interests me not at all. However! I do love those waves and the dot pattern in the background. It's also pretty interesting to have that figure in the foreground. I just really want to draw those waves, so I have a sticky note on this page.
Now the next pic is Unexpected Color. Again, this isn't an idea I would have thought up on my own. But it would be really fun to play with in your art journal. Make everything black and white, except for - what? - Your call. The neat thing about this is that artist, Nikki Painter, has spread the color throughout the page so that your eyes don't get stuck looking at one isolated shot of color.
This is one of the books I reach for most often when I'm just wanting something to look at or think about or get inspired by. It always does the trick. I had such a hard time deciding which pictures to use for this post that I just opened the book randomly!
Go have a closer look. One Amazon reviewer put it very well: "Little book, big ideas."