Thank you to Auguste Dupin and Character Design References for the interview and asking some great questions. I'd also highly recommend checking out their Character Design Challenge on Facebook each month.
"I believe our creative potential to be infinite, but only if we are good stewards to our imagination and overall health. This means, in part, taking time to play and replenish the well of your imagination by keeping your eyes, ears, and heart open to receiving new experiences. Soak it in!"