Be an idea gatherer
Your creative work is not limited to the physical boundaries of your paper or substrate. As you go about your days, be it deep winter or dazzling summer, look for things with some sort of interestingness factor. And then incorporate those ideas into your work.
Look for real world things
and neon-colored office buildings.
Do you see them?
Be an idea-gatherer and nurturer.
Help others see the interesting things that you see.
The act of MAKING STUFF starts well before you actually start MAKING STUFF. It starts with curiosity, ideas, connections between this and that.