You have a blank piece of paper, canvas and the thought you want to create something, but where do you start? Developing creativity is harder than you think, but there are things you can do to get the creative juices flowing.
Just start scribbling. The first idea is rarely the best just keep scribbling. Let the idea fester, play with it over a period of time and remember if it goes nowhere it is not the end of the world. You never know it might suggest the beginning of a new adventure.
To be truly inspired, you have to learn to trust your instincts. Don’t keep re-drawing the idea too much or plan the painting down to every intricate detail. If you do, there’s a danger you’ll get bored with the idea and probably everyone who looks at your finished work will probably feel the same. Remember, hard work is important, but it’s not as important as inspiration.
If you are really stuck for ideas, let your mind wander. Observe people in the street, watch films, read books, comics, newspapers, look at the gestures people use when in the street, queuing, eating, whatever. Take these everyday things, make notes about them use them as a starting point. Doodle, let your mind day dream and ponder on them.
Sometimes try to write down your ideas instead of drawing them. Be very brief, concise and direct. Don’t over-complicate things. Picasso once said he spent a lifetime trying to learn how to draw like a child. Children see the world in simple, straight forward ways, they speak a lot of sense. Watch how they work and try to follow their uninhibited methods of self-expression.
At the end of the day don’t be afraid to scrap all your hard work and planning at the last minute and go off in a totally different direction. Developing creativity requires you not to be too precious about your idea, it can be hard to ditch it, but as I said earlier trust your instincts.
If the worst comes to the worst, grab a stick tie a pencil to it and draw with the stick. It’s amazing how it energises your drawing.
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