1) I discover/re-discover/get incredibly into one particular character/series/story and then I try to find a picture related to it/them that I like aesthetically and that I think expresses my mood and/or personality. My current one (Mitsuru Kirijo) and a few of my other ones from the past few months (Kim Pine, Hermione Granger) are good examples of this. I usually search for them on Google Images, and the best results from there are often from Tumblr or Deviant Art.
2) I start with a vague thing that I want (e.g. girl with samurai sword, boho girl with curly hair) and then search for it on Google Images or Pinterest to see if I find anything I like.
I checked those game characters,it seems each of them are same....
Usually I have a general idea in mind, like EJCC, and look for something online. I can tell when I find the right one. Occasionally I key them to specific seasons or events. Usually, something just inspires me. I try to change them every few weeks or so. I also have a small stock of images I just like, and will sometimes use one of those.
Hope is the denial of reality. It is the carrot dangled before the draft horse to keep him plodding along in a vain attempt to reach it. We should remove the carrot and walk forward with our eyes open. -- Raistlin Majere
Ive been collecting pics for years. Things that move me, speak to me, I'll save to my computer. When I change my avatar, it is often coz i went through my database or because i found another one while surfing that happens to speak to how I feel at that particular point in time. My current one, however, was suggested to me, I believe in the Avatar suggestion Thread. I liked it, saved it for later, and voila..here it is