Hi guys, this anon here. I've made some progress on my quest and I'll share what I've learned. My big discovery was the importance of writing all your ideas down, and putting aside some hours of the day every once in awhile just for brainstorming. I write down everything that comes to my head that could potentially be something I want to draw: characters, objects, abstract ideas, whatever. I can get inspiration for this journal by just exploring fiction, the internet, anime, manga, reading books, talking to people, walking around: pretty much anything can be a springboard for a picture idea, since we are idea generating creatures by our very nature. Before I let them all pass by but now I write basically everything down and shifted my mindset to one of thinking in these terms. Also pinterest is a great place to find images of people, places, and objects.
I still wouldn't be able to turn this hodge podge of random ideas into an actual story with a theme, but I feel like I have some raw materials for making illustrations. I also discovered automatic/meditative drawing, which I recommend for stoking creativity and expectations-free drawing. It's a good warmup. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJYGFwGhHnA>>82484
How has your progress been, Anonymous? I hope you are still going strong.