Well, first off, I know everyone works differently in their creative process, and I like learning about those things from other artists, so I'll share with you a little smidgen of how my brain worked during this so far.
Sometimes, like I said before, an idea will just pop in my head. Poof! Voila! And everything is superduperdandy and that is my most favorite way of creating. However - that is a very rare occurrence.
Sometimes I'll zoom around on the internet for a while, checking out what's already out there (both for inspiration and so that I don't make anything too close to something that's already been done), looking up fabrics, real-life photos, illustrations, etc. And then the Poof comes.
And then sometimes....as in this time....my Poof is very elusive. Of course, I've seen a million crows. Movies, pictures, nature shows, whatever. But I had no connection to them. I had never drawn one. Never sculpted one. Actually, I take that back, I did do an oil pastel of one once in high school. But either way - I wasn't connected enough to make the Poof happen.
The story that S provided about the Rainbow Crow was very inspiring to me. I had a great many ideas pop up after reading it, but nothing solid. So I went to the library and got a few books out, brought them home and went through them a couple times each. Then I started sketching. I find that drawing something in its true image is the best way for me to start a good connection with it. The lines. The form. The overall character. And that's the important part - because obviously, my animal plushes are not realistic representations - they are my interpretation of their character. :) Silly lil' guys.
So I got a couple sketches done and I started to see what I really like about the crow. He's got attitude. He's smart. He's cocky. He's a little grumpy and he doesn't take much crap. And sometimes he's very very cute. So this is what I've come up with so far.
Now remember - this is the very first step. The beginning of the beginning. But I think I'm on the right path.
What do you think? Any input?