Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Fighting the drudgery of starting work (Part one)

Today I actually thought of something, (surprise) I thought about how one of the most difficult things for an artist to get over is the hurdle of actually starting your work. 

How do people do it? If there is anything that is really frustrating to any artist it's when we see artwork and think to ourselves, "That looks so cool! I wanna do something cool like that." We get inspired by the things that we look at, the environment that we are in and just about anything else you can think of. 

That is best place to start, but then comes the hard part, you wanna do something cool, but then you are not sure what to do or even make. If you think about it, there are tons of other people making really awesome looking things too. 

If you think about it for too long you will look like Ted Striker from the movie Airplane.

That thought can be a little overwhelming, but that's the plus side too, there are tons of people making things. How do you use that to your advantage? Here's how: looking.
Because people are constantly making things, you can see the certain qualities that you like about an image, building or even the idea of motion. Find out about that things that interest you. This is the true beginning of where to start, because without knowing what you like, it's hard for you to really concentrate on what you even want to make.

As an exercise you could try listing things:

examples of cool lists:

-movies you totally love
-colors (go to lowes or a store like lowes and grab tons of free swatches!)
-cultural patterns (think of navajo indian patterns, etc.)
-lifelong dreams (the unrealistic ones are the best always)
-things you can't have

If you think about, everything that you can make a list of is essentially part of who you are. If you love food like me you might remember colors of places that you eat of certain pieces of imagery. Whatever the case be aware of what you surround yourself with because the next project is honestly right next to you and you have no idea.

This concludes the first part of my series and watch for the next installation of the series!

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