I have an art sensei. He looks like a bug and he answers to either “Phil” or “The.” He doesn’t teach me about materials, or make me memorize the taxonomy of art movements since the 12th century. What he does is ask a lot of questions. Most of them start with “why don’t you.”
Why don’t you make an axe-wielding zombie version of yourself?
Why don’t you try working on a larger area than you’re used to?
Why don’t you use your left hand?
Why don’t you do that non-female steampunk ninja?
Okay, that one will take a bit more work.
Do you have an art sensei? Someone prone to making profound pronouncements, who asks you strange questions, and prompts you to peek inside closets and around corners?