Throughout my career I have many ideas mulling around in my head. So much so that I need to pile all my inspiration into a single place, to be recorded and safely recorded so that I don't forget anything.
As many artists and writers do, I carry a small notebook with me. It's always 'at hand', within easy reach, so that when I need to use my 'scribble pad' it is within reach.
Since schooldays I have always had an "Artists Diary". This is not necessarily something that you write in every day, it's a diary that you place your artistic ideas, a place that you can write, draw or brainstorm ideas till they take shape.
Each idea has a place in the book, just a reference point to spring board into a major work.
Sometimes, the ideas are 'held' for day or so, sometimes longer before the full image is rendered. At other times like the huge baobab linocut images, the ideas were sketched 12 years before they actually materialized into images.
I mostly work in pencil, and do rough sketches that can be erased or altered to the "desired look." Other times there is more thoughtful rendering to make the drawing meld into an idea to see how objects will mix and interweave in the final image. I don't spend too long on these "diary drawings" - just do enough to allow me to remember the original inspiration. A quick sketch or idea will act as a prompt when necessary. Often its just a few words and a sentence, sometimes its an actual thumbnail drawing with explanations. It all depends what is needed at the time.
Inspiration comes from all areas of my life: work experiences, reading, holidays, movies, music, posters, all lend their influence on what will define my work. I never stop looking for inspiration and never close doors to finding those magical moments when the ideas flow.
Over the years I have filled many diaries, it gives me great pleasure to flip through them and see the amount of work I have created since I became an artist.