I actually made it to Wednesday and here I am posting a whole bunch of things I’ve been working on! It’s been a pretty productive couple of weeks so far if I do say so myself. I’ve kept myself crazy busy working, and organizing all kinds of things, and trying to keep up with my drawing. I’ve had a lot of ideas and thoughts pop into my head lately, mostly it’s at times when I can’t immediately get to my desk to let them out on paper. I’m sure I’ve let some drift away forever…which is why I really need to start carrying a little sketchbook with me at all times again.
It’s a funny thing having those ideas just appear in your brain after seeing something, or experiencing something. They literally just arrive in your brain without warning, sometimes to help you make sense of what’s going on, or sometimes to elaborate on something you found really interesting. Sometimes it seems they grow out of nothing at all, or sometimes ideas grow out of old ones.
The important thing is to honor your ideas! Don’t let them go. It happens so quickly that an idea will strike, and we either think “nah, that’s stupid” OR we don’t make the time to quickly write it down or sketch it out and before you know it that idea is doomed for the pit of forgotten ideas!!! I can’t stand when that happens!
I usually try to write my ideas down right away, or I’ll remind myself of them throughout the day until I can get myself to my desk to let them out on paper. Of course not all ideas turn out to be excellent on paper, but you gotta try and see what happens! Usually if you just keep pushing, a simple idea can grow into something amazing.
It’s almost like a meditation for me when I sit down to work. I actually have a funny little ritual that goes along with preparing myself to draw or paint! I feel like most people do have their own ritual too before they sit down to work, I mean we all have our daily rituals! Mine involves finding a good album to listen to, followed by a quick dance around the studio to loosen up, light a candle if I have one, grab my tea, fill my cups with water, turn on the lamp and finally settle in.
Do you guys have rituals for creating??
I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter really what comes out while I’m drawing or painting. If it’s total crap, no big deal. If it’s awesome great! I just love the practice and the process and I couldn’t give it up for anything!