I make art because my brain would explode if I didn't get its thoughts and images out.
My definition of art is any form of creation. I draw, paint, write, sculpt, cook, decorate, code - and I'm always happy to slowly learn more forms of art for pleasure.
The best inspiration for art is what I've seen, felt, heard, and experienced in real life. Viewing other people's art is great too, it's always good to see how different people process different things. My own "stylization" is more based on my crappy shaky arm gestures and how my eyes see the world, than any one artist's work though.
Art is the best way to process my thoughts. I like having a digestible final product for myself to think about, and to show other people. Conversations with other folks is invaluable for learning about others and gaining insight. But the most important part of making art to me is the internal meditative process. I get to think a lot about my experiences and the world when I'm planning and creating art.
Many people may find my ugly and cartoony art at odds with thoughtfulness. But I do put a lot of thought in my art, and it's meant as an honest reflection of the world I've experienced. Things look crude and are described bluntly in my work because that's how I see everything around me.
I'm not one to have straight-forward political dialogue comin' out of my characters. I'm more the type of guy to not-so-subtly portray the crappy parts of life: poverty, social inequity, abuse, death, shitty interpersonal relationships, and so on.
There are positive things I like to portray too! Love, longing, animals, food, happiness, contentment, dialogue with my wife, boobies, sick creature designs - all great inspirations for my cartoons!
If a person other than myself finds entertainment value or something to think about in my art, that's great too! And if someone else hates my art, they are free to look at someone else who may better fit their taste.