Originally Posted by Francis Xavier
Hmm, difficult question to answer for me. I don't draw inspiration directly from other aquascapes or landscapes. Whenever I've tried to emulate a landscape it's usually ended in abysmal failure. Most of my inspiration comes primarily from my state of mind, and the reflections of my subconscious, with perhaps secondary influence from other works that I thought was nifty usage of plants, etc that may be in the back of my head.
But basically for me it involves evaluating the materials I have on hand and creating something that reflects what the materials are 'insisting' on themselves, for example what plants best bring out the attributes of what stone from growth patterns, shape, etc, and an overall "feeling" or impression I'm aiming for in my head. Which is mostly why I just call it X style!
I find it's nearly impossible to draw inspiration for iwagumis from nature, it mostly comes down to working with the rocks that you have, arranging them in the most pleasing way until it looks/feels 'Right'. But that might just be me.
People could probably discuss the theories behind iwagumis for hours, but that's not the point of this thread, the point is pics or gtfo!