What amazes me the most about concepts is the source from which they spark. From the obvious to the complex, I am fascinated with how they come about. Dreams and our very own life experiences are where we draw most of our concepts from and then we immerse these ideas into our imagination where we augment and transform them into something…else, something that barely resembles what it started out as. With that said, I guess the real question is not where do we get our concepts, but how do we develop them?
What I like most is being asked is where I get my ideas. What’s even better than that is explaining how something inspired me and how I developed it into something else. I don’t think there’s a specific way to develop a concept because ultimately it all depends on ones own imagination and determination to make the concept “appear” completely original so that no one is able to pinpoint where you got the idea. The best way to do that is to focus on the details.
Lets say that you are inspired by a particular character. There’s just something about this character that strikes you. Strip the character of everything it is until you are only left with the basic elements that caught your eye. Once that is done, you must now rebuild this character, rebuild them with your own personal touches, put a twist on their personality, change their history, or gender. This is the moment of truth, depending on how drastic the changes are that you’ve made to separate it from your source of inspiration, your end product will appear to be an “original” work or a “clone” of something else.
Lets face it, nearly everything we’ve been introduced and will be introduced to throughout our lives from characters, books, songs, clothing, technology, and etc are just variations of something else already in existence. The power all of these variations have on us lay within the details of the variation. Some variations are just “differences” while others are “enhancements” on a predecessor. How one makes a concept their own or “original” is when the differences or enhancements overshadow the similarities that connects it to the source.