First let me say, it's good to be back. I don't think I've posted here in over a year.
I'm at GMU studying digital art. Most of my classes are enjoyable, but a good few of them are graphic design based. Now... I like to think of myself as a well-rounded, multitalented artist. However when it comes to certain fields within art, I draw a blank. I can do something straight from my imagination, bursting with creativity... but for instance, in AVT180 and 280, which are courses both heavily based on graphic design... I draw a complete blank and come up with C-average work. When it comes to things like logo design and other things in that area, it's like my mind shuts down. I also have a problem completing assignments with too detailed of a prompt.
I've been told this is a "blessing", and that I'm just destined to be more creative, but not being able to work within the guidelines of a theme or an assignment just spells bad news for me. What if my final is to design a logo? What if on the job, I receive an assignment that's more design-based than... I don't know, "creativity based"? I guess my question is, how can I train myself to think outside the box while "inside the box"?