I admire the creations of others and practice drawing their characters (always make sure to give credit where credit is due!) to improve my own ability to design original concepts. How do others use color and lines? It's fascinating, to say the least. But I am still accustomed to using references to draw. It makes me wonder, when did I lose my imagination? I see my peers design interesting caricatures of animals and people in animated positions with great expressions. And that's what I need to return to.