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How to Be a Creative Artist

April 04, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 146

The blank piece of paper, or canvas is in front of you and you are desperate to create something, but where do you start? Being creative 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 so just keep scribbling and 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, but 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 an idea too many times or planning the painting down to every intricate detail, otherwise you'll get bored with it and 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 and doodle, let your mind day dream and ponder on them.

Sometimes simply 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 and quite logical ways, they speak a lot of sense, watch how they work and try to follow their uninhibited methods of self-expression.

One of the characteristics of being creative is the ability to feel confident enough to break rules. It can be quite liberating sometimes to take a painting, perhaps an old master or a more modern 20th century work and take it apart. Redraw quickly maybe moving some of the objects around, changing the scale of elements, re-assemble it, maybe repaint it using complementary colours. This process can often stimulate new ideas, new ways of looking and thinking about the way you approach your own work.

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. Don't be too precious about your idea, it can be hard to ditch it, but as I said earlier you have to trust your instincts.

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