Every so often I'll use an assignment that my students are working on as a starting point for a drawing of my own. I give my advanced digital studio students a project where they have to choose one prop from my prop collection and one genre from a long list I provide. The props are a hodgepodge of costumes, weird instruments, anatomical models, toy animals, and other strange things I've collected, and they can pair them with genres like steampunk, low fantasy, Lovecraftian Horror, silent film, and many others. Basically each kid chooses one prop and one genre and then creates a character or scene that marries the two of them.
I usually pick from the leftovers, and this year my prop was a small pile of red maple leaves and my genre was "haunted."