Sunday, July 31, 2016

Ask Yourself... What Else Can This Be?

 Here's the takeaway from Kristian Mensa as quoted in this article.  "Try to look around when on your way to school or work and you'll be surprised how many things around us can represent something completely different!"  And yeah, I'm definitely stealing this "animation" idea for my next video.

Same idea, different artist - Jesuso Malaga

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sting and Finding the Muse when she goes MIA

Writing songs came easy to him and when it suddenly didn't he was lost.  That's why it's good to study the creative process and make notes about what works for you and what doesn't.  Anyway,
I don't know that I learned a whole lot from this talk but Sting sings and that's always good.

Friday, July 29, 2016

The Creative Process of Filmaker Tiffany Shlain

I found this little gem on the Brain Pickings website.  Their article has all 10 steps written out for you so just watch and soak it all in like a sponge.  (That's step #3 by the way.)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

100 Days of Handlettering

Here's an excellent example of a 100 Days Project.  Not from my class but an article by Tiantian Xu.  She shares her project but more importantly she shares her insights about the process and what she learned.

Here are a few highlights

1. "Progress, not Perfection"
This is a quote from one of my favorite writing books, If You Can Talk, You Can Write by Joel Saltzman.  It neatly sums up a big lesson Xu learned doing the project.  On days she resisted doing her daily deliverable because "I won't be as good as last time," she reminded herself that the goal was "creation and persistence, not polished art."  This is hard if you are a perfectionist but oh so important to cultivating a creative habit.

2.  Ideas Show Up If You Do
Xu started her project by copying the style and ideas of other artists.  She found after a few months of doing her daily deliverable everyday that her own original ideas began to flow.

3. Create Structure
She broke down her daily process into 4 steps - brainstorming, pencil sketch, inking, and cleaning up.  This structure made doing her daily deliverable easy and achievable.  How does this compare to your own process?

Monday, July 25, 2016

Free Class on Skillshare

I just published a new class all about doing a 100 Days Project and you can take it for FREE if you are one of the first 25 students to enroll.   Use this link  to sign up.

"It kinda ran away with me..."

My Take Away

1.  Have a Passion Project
"It kinda ran away with me..."  says Philip Coppola.  This is what people say when they find their passion.  What things capture your attention and won't let go?  Is it possible to go deeper ... to let it run away with you?   That's what I started doing with this blog - a deep dive into the creative process. It doesn't have to be the thing that pays the bills but it can give you a feeling of purpose.

2.  Make it Real
Philip makes his drawings into volumes.  In the video you can see him binding the pages himself.  It makes it real.  It gives it a sense of its own validation.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Doodling Can make you more Creative

That's according to the this article 7 Ways Doodling Will Change Your Life.

Most creatives are familiar with Word Webs as a way of brainstorming ideas but what if you used doodles instead of words.   That idea comes from Sunni Brown author of Doodle Revolution.  She calls it a process map.  I like it.  I think I'll give it a try.  I guess you can call that my Take Away.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Creative Ideas

Here's the formula
Something old + Something new = Creative idea

Like these embroidery projects combined with -

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Fruit Carving

A nice tutorial for fruit carving from Valeriano Fatica.  But if that's too easy for you ....

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Do you have enough Grit?

Creatives, by their very nature are interested in many things.  That can be both a blessing and a curse.  The curse is that we can easily be distracted by new interests and leave our last pursuits unfinished.  If you are lacking a certain amount of stick-to-itiveness , the answer might be that you need more GRIT.  Check out this podcast from Freakonomics Radio called, How to Get More Grit in Your Life.

My Take Away from author Angela Duckworth, "substitute nuisance for novelty."   When you feel bored and want to quit your current practice, go deeper instead.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Artist at Work - Cartoonist Mark Anderson

Cartoonists Mark Anderson shows his work over at his blog Andertoons
Here is a list of all of Mark's Blog Posts on his creative process and cartooning as a business.
His post on Blogger's Block is especially helpful for any creative who feels out of ideas.

Monday, July 11, 2016

"Put it in Your Work"

This is a short film about the artist James Victore.  It's fascinating in itself, but the great thing is it's part of a series of short films with Creatives called Like Knows Like by Bas Berkhout.  I discovered it via the Swiss Miss.

Take a class on-line with James Victore on Skillshare.

Friday, July 8, 2016

Fear of Rejection

TED talk by Jia Jiang

I'm working on my next class which will be about Doing a 100 Days Project.  In my research I came across this excellent talk by Jia Jiang.  His 100 day project was not an artistic challenge but something everyone pursuing a creative life can relate to -The Fear of Rejection.  He set out to overcome his fear by seeking out rejection and blogging about it.  Check it out here.

My Take Away
1. Rejection is Constant
You will always face rejection even if you reach a high level of success in your field.  For every painting you sell, there was someone who didn't buy it.

2.  Are you Quitting Too Soon
Jia learned that rejection is a numbers game.  We've all heard the stories of famous authors getting a number of rejections before finally publishing their book.  Jia uses the example of C.S. Lewis author of The Chronicles of Narnia.  Looking backward it seems hard to imagine that it was rejected.  

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Bear in Mind

Phil Cousineau once said -
"Inspiration comes and goes, creativity is the result of practice."

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Show and Tell - Fruit Bowl

Some art is perishable and you can only enjoy it for a short time, like this bald eagle fruit bowl I made for a 4th of July picnic or the sand art I featured the other day.  Is it worth the effort for something so fleeting?  I think so.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Bring the Funk

In honor of the 4th of July* I bring you  4 Tips for Artist Who Want to Succeed, an article by former Disney animator Aaron Blaise.  Ok enough business talk it's time to bring the funk!

*Independence Day in the USA

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Inspiration Everywhere

Going to the Beach this weekend?  Get inspired by this work by Matthew Tapia.  The muse don't take no Vacay!


Friday, July 1, 2016

2 Take Aways from Artist Anthony Burrill

OIL & WATER DO NOT MIX from Anthony Burrill on Vimeo.

1.  Art as Activism.  
This poster makes a bold statement about an environmental issue.  And it does it in an appealing way.  A way that viewers can get involved and support.  Plus, the profits go to a charity directly dealing with the issue.

2.  Unusual Materials
This poster is printed using the actual oil from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  I love that the materials tie in with the message but it's also a great creative idea.  What non-traditional things can be used to make art?