I come across the darndest things while researching photo references for my illustrations! For example, this dandy of a picture:
Is that not the cutest thing ever?! And, did you know that the two New York Public Library lions are nicknamed "Patience" and "Fortitude"? Who knew.
I love a good clipping file. RISD had its own "picture library", where you could ask at the desk for photo references for any subject under the sun. I wonder if that's still around, what with the advent of "the internets", and all. Anyway, I've taken to keeping and filing all of the photo references I print out, resulting in eclectic collections like the following:
Someday I'll rival that RISD photo collection...