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Creative Process

By Carly Drew

Introduction

A look at the creative process for both artists and designers. Cover Image: Hiroshi Senju

Carly Drew — Visual Artist // Designer // Instructor

Added by Carly Drew: “Now everybody’s a photographer, everybody’s a filmmaker, everybody’s a writer, everybody’s a musician, and I think that radically and drastically changed the way people think about other people’s creativity. Because in the old days you’d think “woah these people who made a record I have no idea how they did that” and now someone listens to music and think to themselves “Oh, they use the same software I have.” - Moby

1 Moby Speaks So Much Truth About Creativity and the Digital Revolution // Girl Lost In The City

Added by Carly Drew: ““Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth… will also become the raw material for the art you make.” - Teresita Fernandez

3 What It Really Takes to Be an Artist: MacArthur Genius Teresita Fernández’s Magnificent Commencement Address // Brain Pickings

by Maria Popova "Being an artist is not just about what happens when you are in the studio. The way you live, the people you choose to love and the way you love them, the way you vote, the words that come out of your mouth... will also become the raw material for the art you make." In 2005, artist

Added by Carly Drew: “"Think of the blessings that await you, not of the emptiness that drives you to seek constant distraction. Think of having peace of mind and a reliable memory, of the self-control that a well-ordained life will bring, of health not undermined by endless concessions to the passing excesses which other people’s society entails, of uninterrupted work, and plenty of it." - Eugene Delacroix

4 Young Delacroix on the Importance of Solitude in Creative Work and How to Resist Social Distractions // Brain Pickings

by Maria Popova "Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul... Seek solitude." "One can never be alone enough to write," Susan Sontag lamented in her journal. "People who grow bored in their own company seem to me in danger," the great Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky admonished the young. And yet despite the vast creative

5 Introverts and Extroverts Have Different Brains // Discovery News

DNews: Introverts and Extroverts Have Different Brains - Everyone's personality is different- some like constant interaction with others, while other prefer a more solitary, reflective existence. And it turns out, this behavior goes beyond personality, but is actually the result of physiological differences in the brain. Laci looks at what those differences are.

Added by Carly Drew: “If you ask Gilbert, "Do you believe in magic or do you believe in hard work?" her answer, invariably, will be yes. "For creativity, it's essential to move between these two ideas. - Elizabeth Gilbert

6 What The Most Successful People Understand About Creative Work // Fast Company

Best-selling author Elizabeth Gilbert shares her ideas about the importance of constantly moving between extremes for creative success.

Added by Carly Drew: “I think I was terribly naive all along and when I came upon obstacles I don’t think I took them very seriously. I just felt that the people who presented obstacles really did not understand that I really wanted to be an astronomer. And I tended to ignore them or dismiss them, so I don’t think the obstacles have been severe. In general, I think they were just a lack of support. I always met teachers who told me — in college, in graduate school — to go and find something else to study… they didn’t need astronomers… I wouldn’t get a job… I shouldn’t be doing this. And I really just dismissed all that. I just never took it seriously. I wanted to be an astronomer and I didn’t care whether they thought I should or should not. So, somehow or other I just had the self-confidence to ignore all those bits of advice. - Vera Rubin

9 Trailblazing Astronomer Vera Rubin on Obsessiveness, Minimizing Obstacles, and How the Thrill of Accidental Discovery Redeems the Terror of Uncertainty // Brain Pickings

Why all creative endeavor is a matter of "getting hung up on little interesting things."

Added by Carly Drew: “"When I feel well and in a good humor, or when I am taking a drive or walking after a good meal, or in the night when I cannot sleep, thoughts crowd into my mind as easily as you could wish. Whence and how do they come? I do not know and I have nothing to do with it. Those which please me, I keep in my head and hum them; at least others have told me that I do so. Once I have my theme, another melody comes, linking itself to the first one, in accordance with the needs of the composition as a whole: the counterpoint, the part of each instrument, and all these melodic fragments at last produce the entire work." - Mozart

10 Mozart on Creativity and the Ideation Process // Brain Pickings

by Maria Popova "It is quite natural that people who really have something particular about them should be different from each other on the outside as well as on the inside." In 1945, French mathematician Jacques Hadamard set out to explore how mathematicians invent ideas in what would become The Mathematician's Mind: The Psychology of Invention in the Mathematical Field

Added by Carly Drew: ““Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” – Ira Glass

11 But There's A Gap // A Little Opulent

Added by Carly Drew: “Little bits of advice for figuring out what your "style" is.

12 Finding Your Style // A Little Opulent

Finding your style in your creative area can take years, some people find it easily and for others it takes a lot of self exploration. I was one of those people who found it quite difficult to figure out her style and there were a few things that really helped me get to that place and here they are: Enjoy

Added by Carly Drew: “Jen Serafini's breakdown of her creative process and how important it is to never fully commit to your first idea.

13 Design Process: Never Fall in Love w/ Your First Idea // Serafini Creative

This week I was asked to share an example of my design process with a small group of design students at The Starter League. As I was going through my work, I tried to look for themes or important steps that I felt would be beneficial to discuss, especially for someone just starting out. The one that stuck out to

Added by Carly Drew: “Why your first draft or thoughts are only part of the process.

14 Joe Abercrombie Shares The Secret Of Fixing Your Cruddy First Draft // io9

It's one of the most common pieces of writing advice: Write the first draft of your novel in a hurry, just to get it down, then fix it later. It's the idea behind NaNoWriMo, too. But how do you fix that first draft? Joe Abercrombie, author of Half a King and its sequel Half the World, has some excellent advice.

Added by Carly Drew: “Great interview on simplicity in design and the process of getting inspired and creating a logo.

16 Watch Aaron Draplin Design A Logo in 15 Minutes // Booooooooom!

Here's a good one for all you graphic designers out there. Watch everyone's favourite logo designer, Aaron Draplin, design a logo in 15 minutes. This is the sort of content that I was dying for around the time I was in school. Actually, watching this is exactly how I felt when I first started as a co-op in the concept

Added by Carly Drew: “"Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the thinking process."

17 18 Things Highly Creative People Do Differently // Huffington Post

Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly out of nowhere and then fail to show up when we most need them, and creative thinking requires complex cognition yet is completely distinct from the

18 14 Excellent Pieces Of Advice Every Artist Should Remember // Buzzfeed

More than 100 people have been arrested after a protest in St. Louis to mark the one year anniversary of the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Google is restructuring under the name Alphabet. Google Inc. will be its search business with Sundar Pichai as CEO. Colorado and New Mexico have declared disaster emergencies after the accidental release of

Added by Carly Drew: “Studio space is important and needs to help feed your creativity, this article gives a glimpse into the process of 100 artists.

20 100 Famous Artists And Their Studios

A good studio for an artist is a very important place. Our creative studios might sometimes look like a pile of rubbish or a mixed-up room, but this is where great creations are born! Take a look at this collection of the greatest artists and their most intimate working places - their studios. I bet that you've seen lots of

Added by Carly Drew: “Definitely worth watching a few of these in the background as you work.

21 22 Movies Every Designer Should Watch On Netflix // Fast Company

Sometimes you take a look at your Netflix queue and think there's nothing decent on the service. That's not entirely true! Netflix has certainly lost its library of mainstream Hollywood films over the past few years. But for the designer in search of inspiration-or anyone with a love of visual culture-Netflix is still loaded with some superb films and documentaries.

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