Inspiring things, non-inspiring things

I found this postcard (pictured) in a drawer over the weekend, when I was cleaning my room. SpielzeugmuseumI'd purchased it in Prague five years ago (since postcards were about the only souvenirs I could afford at the time). Great find! I'm happy to report I've been working on a new drawing stealing the imagery inspired by its imagery. I also spent about half an hour flipping through the book below, which contains various examples of  illustrators' sketchbooks, and their accompanying thoughts on why they like to use them (answer--all of the normal reasons). I normally enjoy both sketchbooks and illustrators, but this time...I don't know, just wasn't feeling it. Maybe the poor little volume seemed like it was trying too hard:

An illustrated life, by Danny Gregory