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Anyone have any good recommendations for rekindling a love of creativity. I'm thinking stuff away from the day job that doesn't have an end goal. Something like a single sketch a day, or a book that gives you excursuses to do to help light the creative fire. Work has been insane lately and I want to just do stuff for me after work. Right now I am painting a wood bedside table, but I really am just seeing what others do to get into a good routine to keep up with the fun side of our creative jobs.
Any ideas please (books, exercises, art party ideas, etc) Thanks folks.
unplug, go walk around outside for at least 20 minutes, leave you cell phone, bring a notecard and a pen....
... at some moment, an idea will come to you, write down a few words about it on one side of the notecard, then walk some more, if you have more ideas or steps to do this first idea, write them on the other side of the notecard... then walk some more and go back inside.
Hey Capn_Ron, I was doing this for a while...I'd go on hikes or walks with my dogs in SD and find wood in random places and then go home and paint it. Kind of like this..http://www.emilkozak.com/s...
Or make some collages from old magazines?
- that is pretty fucking rad. this is the kind of ideas I'm looking for. thanks cbasscapn_ron
- no prob capn_ron. also, if you scroll down on this page you can see some of the collages i was doing..https://www.f...cbass99
- Those are really cool collages. That would be a fun art night with friends type event.capn_ron
- i really like your stuff cbass :)sea_sea
Go for a walk, go to a bookstore and browse architecture and art sections, talk to kids, they're always creative.
Get some iPhone apps like Diptic, mirrorgram, pxl, image blender! and blur, and start making images and collages with your phone. There are so many constraints to them that I find them really fun in how you can't do everything. I found that when I was making lots of geometric images on my phone, it influenced new stuff in Photoshop, and it was easier because I approached it with the same limits as the apps.
And, it's nice to be able to make stuff anywhere on a phone.
Do something you have never done before and that is completely unrelated to creative work
I used to go out, sit on a bench and look at people walking by and try to guess what they do, lifestory, etc, this had nothing to do with mentalism or some bs, but it helped me greatly invent some crazy stories + you can do it with someone else for a good laugh,
For creativitiy, as I mentioned before, I gave myself a challenge, that also helped a lot with my creativity,
your collage idea makes me want to do an art night with some friends. We've all talked about it, but this would be a good way for everyone to bring in some magazines and we could just glue away and hang out and make it fun. Thanks.
- Yeah, sorry I don't live in SD anymore or I'd help you. It is fun and chicks like itcbass99
- i bought a bunch of old mags on ebay..super cheap. Anything from the 50's 60's etc...cbass99
- Yeah, just make a date, a list of things to bring, some booze and you're all set.cbass99
I have rather enjoyed listening to the Adventures in Design pod casts. Their backgrounds lean more towards poster and print design, which is a nice change from the web design/dev environment I sit in all day. After listening to them I often find myself more inspired to work on stuff at home.
Also been playing around with block printing and what not, which is fun and a completely different creative outlet then the day job.
Bust out them paints and some paper and allow yourself to majorly screw up in phase one of creating. then try to make it look as pretty as peaches. commence to phase three and allow yourself to screw up your pretty painting. then make it pretty again. rinse and repeat until emotionally happy.
try out something new like oilpastels, dirt, or melting crayons over he-man figures. make a skull out of cheetos.
i also find cooking helps getting inspired. drink a beer, smoke a joint, listen to some dub and then some metal.
get hyphy, aim for the best, expect the worst.
collaborate with a bum.
paint a painting upside down, looking at it backwards, through a mirror.
find jesus in everything.
going outside does it for me, jumping in the ocean, walking the dog, all that crap.
Capn_ron, Idea just hit me after reading all of this...
We should do a Collage Challenge like that one Photography thing where everyone was on a list and sent each other shit..That would be rad and something to make you start doing it.
All you need is some good thick paper (I was buying some heavy Rag quality from DB but it was super expensive) some glue or paste from DB and some old mags.
It's a great way to stay creative and not be attached to a computer.
after my evening workouts at a local boxing gym, i often stop by a nearby starbucks. One of the regulars there has become a really good friend over the years. Everytime i bump into him there, he's sitting at a table with a laptop and a waccom tablet, drawing away....
the work on his site is a bit old (he's done a ton of newer amazing work) but the point is this.
he NEVER stops working.
that guy is fucking relentless. he's like the fucking energizer bunny.
just watching him week in, week out, drawing as if his life depended on it is pretty fucking inspiring.
yea, i guess unpluggin is the best advice i can give you, other than looking at other forms of art, like dance, music, painting etc.
also take a break and go explore natural places.
all these things sum up.
You're talking about the QBNPhE! This is a great idea. I think it could be a lot of fun. I'm going to email you about it. See if we can't get lvl_13 involved with his fancy site he makes for the photo exchanges.
- yes, that's what I'm talking about. same idea but collages..that would be sweet.cbass99
- I already alerted lvl_13 and I'll put a post up tonight. We can figure it out through the threadcapn_ron
- Cool! Great job man!! Hopefully other people will jump on board. It could be a great thing for everyone! And get some cool art too!cbass99
Try making beats. Music and Shapes go hand in hand
I recommend having a couple of drinks with a french guy in SD, it sure helps :)