Hello everyone! It’s been an odd week for creativity – a little more work on a side project (no pictures yet….) and with a cold I’ve felt that sleep has been preferable to drawing (for a change). But through this, I’ve also learned a few things about art and creativity.
So the first thing this week is not to be too overly precious about your art. The pictures above are as completed in the hotel room and the framed picture in my office (complete with Naughty Rabbit). But this is actually version 2 – the original version didn’t look right once I’d drawn the Jelly Babies on it (and actually, I may even redo this one because I’m not particularly happy with the way “Babies” is squeezed into the picture). In the original I’d tried to put the words at an interesting angle – but in fact it made it difficult to read properly.
The second thing that I learned (or decided to share) this week is that creativity isn’t something that you can plan – and by that, I mean decide that at 10:05 on Tuesday you will stop doing whatever you were doing for twenty minutes of being creative, then at 10:25 return to being not-creative. Quite often, the idea will bubble into your mind when you least expect it. It may be that you then toy and play with that idea for the rest of the day, and then at 10:05 (or whenever) you actually commit to creating your idea, or bringing the idea into the real world. Sometimes, you get an idea, but you need to get hold of something, or have something delivered first – such as getting back home and pulling out the necessary minifigures, or waiting for them to be delivered – such as these examples:
Personally, I get loads of ideas, some of which I recognise that I need to shape them a little to make them work. Some are already “mostly” formed and I just need to point and click. Because of that, I carry a notebook – and a Lego figure; I can then note, or photograph, as needed.
At my work, we have a small deli-style canteen. I often talk to the lady behind the counter about my Lego hobby – as she has a small child, this gets relayed on. The child was helping this week and we had the following conversation:
“My mum says you always carry a LEGO figure with you… why?”
“Because I can take pictures of the figure wherever I am!”
“But can’t you just play with it at home?”
“Oh, I do that as well!”
His face was a picture, not sure what question he wanted to ask – but realising that as a grown up he could play with his LEGO anywhere… and that adults probably didn’t have to tidy their toys away at the end of the day either. My mind was also considering how cool it was that I could play with Lego anywhere too – and that I also had the ability to share my ideas with people around the world, round the clock. For once, being an adult is AWESOME!
Have a great week everyone!