Saturday, 4 July 2015

5 tips on staying inspired as a creative


After my post on My Favourite Drawing Materials I decided to do something else which could be considered useful. Now I know I'm not the be all and end all in creative thinking but I do know how hard it can be to stay inspired especially as a design student, and these are my little tips I've picked up over the years from tutors, friends, and experiences. 


1. KEEP A BLOG

Creatively, blogging helps me keep up to speed with what I'm making as it lays it all out for me in an aesthetically pleasing way. Since it isn't getting assessed (I have another blog for uni) I have the control over everything. It keeps me inspired because I set myself the goal of updating once a week so I kind of have to produce something and keep an eye out for things I could post about. Surprisingly for something on the internet it actually makes me more productive because I actually have to get up and go outside to take pictures and stuff. 

2. EXPLORE THE WORK OF ARTISTS AND DESIGNERS

This might sound obvious but it really is important when keeping yourself inspired. Many times I've gotten to a point where I am just so stuck with what to do next that researching for inspiration made me see what I wasn't seeing before. Following an artists Instagram and Tumblr gives me constant things to look at and awe over, just looking at other peoples works makes me realise all of the different things I could be trying out or could be drawing myself. (Also, don't put yourself in a box just because you might make certain things; being a textile student doesn't mean you can't be inspired by film or fine art or graphics. Broaden your boundaries- you can find inspiration in everything!)

From Fashionable Selby- As well as the internet books and magazines can be a great source of inspo too!


3. ONLY MAKE WHAT YOU WANT TO MAKE

At some points I've felt kinda shitty over what I've created. For instance, when I submitted my entry for the Harley Gallery open exhibition and it didn't get accepted I started to think about things I could've submitted instead like a painting or something considered "more impressive" in technique- but what's the point? The work wouldn't have been my work it would've been something I made as a desperate attempt to get chosen. Stick to your guns and always make what you want to make; even if you are following a brief twist it around so it works in your favour. Just be you! 


Whether at home or in my studio space, putting inspiration on the walls is always a good start


4. DON'T LET THE NUMBERS GET TO YOU

Following on from that point and directing this to all the art and design students out there- don't let grades get to you because it's pointless and mind numbing and will definitely not help you creatively. Your portfolio and experience showing off what you can do is the thing which will help you get a job- not the fact that you left uni with a 2:2. (Note: David Shrigley talking in this article about his final degree show) Be happy with what you make! Don't go down the dull road of trying to please everyone else.

5. EXPERIMENT

Play around! Don't be scared to start something new or try out a technique you never would've thought about doing before. Maybe start an art journal full of anything and everything; don't worry about making it perfect because nobody has to see it. Always be willing to try out new things every once in a while because you don't know how many more doors it could open. I thought I would absolutely loathe screen printing but after a little bit of time spent in the print room it turns out I really do love it!

Don't let the art blocks get into your head too much and if you are feeling down about your work just step back and take a breather. Like I said at the start, these are just my tips and if you disagree with any of them then that's definitely OK because you have to find what works for you. What are your tips on staying inspired?

8 comments

  1. This is a great post! Sometimes I get into creative ruts and I definitely think something that revitalizes my art is going out and looking for new artists that I haven't discovered on Instagram and Tumblr. Experimenting is also quite fun!

    And I really need to get into uploading more art to my blog. It really does feel good to get it out there.

    Peace & Love // Celestralite.com

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    1. Thank you! I love your blog by the way. I think it's just great to record it as you go along so you keep on track and also so you can see how much your work is growing/changing!
      xx

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  2. I love the Selby books - they're a great source of inspiration x

    Erin | Being Erin

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    1. This is the only one I have but it's so lovely!! xx

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  3. Hello! I have just discovered your blog, it's great! I've been feeling a little lack lustre recently and so I went on the hunt for some inspiration, your blog helped~thanks! Also this post, great advice, i'm definitely going to be experimenting more over the summer and trying to keep up with my blog.

    ~Rosie

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    1. That's great to hear, thank you so much for the comment! :)

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  4. Hi Love this blog post, and the book you mentioned...
    I need to be more creativity and get more inspiration...

    Akane
    www.humancat.co

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    1. Thank you for the comment! I hope this post will help you xx

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