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March 4th, 2010 #1
What is creativity and how can I develop/practice it?
I was analyzing my drawings and I started questioning whether my work involved any creativity at all. I realized I'm purely a technical artist and I'm just copying what I look at.
I think creativity is feeling something, going with the flow, and doing stuff off the top of your head. Like in respect to figure drawing, I think creativity is finding that hidden line of action and accenting it. Or looking at a curve of the body and simplifying it while maintaining its essence.
Is it possible to learn that stuff? Because I can't do it! How exactly do you learn to look at something, like say a normal, non-athletic leg with subtle curves and some awkward lines, and convert that in your head and onto paper into something efficiently beautiful?
How do you learn to draw from your head and go with the flow? Or how can I practice it?
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I think maybe you have been spending too much time trying to get a 100% replica of still life that it's just become a picture of an apple. Something that's typically boring.
You can try this to start out, but you can ignore it if you don't like it. Take a regular old apple and set it up the way you want it. Now draw it. Then make it blue. That'd just be something I'd do to set it out of the norm. Then I suppose work from there. Don't just change colors, try making it more unique with lines with different widths.
I typically draw from my head, in fact too much. Maybe we should swap brains for a bit.
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You go to an isolated crossroad at midnight, holding the implements of your art, and wait for the Devil to appear.
March 4th, 2010 #4
Maybe someone knows a secret to studying creativity and learning how to think in creative ways. But I sure don't
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Creativity is the dreaming side of the brain.----------------------------------
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You might consider reading about J.Krishnamurti's thoughts on creativity.
March 4th, 2010 #10
I think Creativity is the way your brain possesses things you know, so like the more you know the subject the more you can interpret it in your own way, so for like practice type things, maybe taking different objects and trying to put them together in your own way? say like take a car and a shark and try to impose the felling of a shark into the car, this way your kind of making the decisions of what you think should and shouldn't be included to give it the feel of a shark but still have the functions of a car.
so it's kind of like inventing things, always asking yourself "what if" and if you think it's cool draw it! heh
at least this is my opinion
March 4th, 2010 #11
Man, "what is creativity", there's a question that'll probably get you thousands of different answers...
How do you exercise it? I'm not sure. By exercising your mind?
* Try drawing straight from your head, with nothing in front of you - think of something as vividly as you can, see if you can draw from that thought.
* Try drawing people and things that are moving - go out and sketch some dancers or a parade or people walking down the street - you'll HAVE to fill things in from your head, because what's in front of you only lasts a split second.
* Try drawing in completely unfamiliar styles and media - maybe pick a famous artist whose style is totally unlike yours, and see if you can draw your own original picture in that style, or see if you can draw from life in that style. Then pick another style.
* Try picking random subjects or items, combining them in random ways, and seeing if you can wrest an idea for an image out of them.
* Try playing with automatism - sit down with a piece of paper and nothing in front of you and no plan and let your pencil wander, drawing whatever pops into your head with every changing second, letting random lines suggest new things and drawing those...
* And daydream. Take time now and then to let your mind wander anywhere, with no plan or purpose, just let it loose and see what comes up... (Er, I don't know if you can actually learn to do this. My brain seems to do it naturally.)
I don't know. I've always felt the best results are achieved by spending part of your time drawing from imagination, and part of your time drawing from life, to balance things out.
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March 4th, 2010 #12
Creativity is achieved when your enjoying yourself.
Find your fav+ artist and movies etc, analyse them and see what you like about them.
Then, go and draw, put what you like into your own work.
You gotta keep the inspiration flowing and the more you draw the more it flows
March 4th, 2010 #13
Build up your visual library.
Build up a shape library, remember how you looked at clouds and thought you saw things in them? Do the same with any illustration program.
Alchemy is helpful with that along with any art program with brushes.
March 4th, 2010 #14
The more you know the more creative you can be.
Being creative is just putting a new twist on something that exists or combining elements of things that wouldn't' normally go together, or an interesting solution to a common problem.
I think creativity can be grown and be developed just like any other skill, so just start trying to be creative and learn from you mistakes.
oh and the "Creativity is something you have, not something you learn." is total bullshit. We are all creative.
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March 4th, 2010 #15
Be careful. If you tell yourself too early in life that you are not creative you will doom yourself to that path. How long have you been drawing? Give it some time. Read a lot, look a lot, draw a lot, and see what others do whom you believe are creative. I, in no way, believe that drawing form life will hinder your creativity. Quite the opposite. But daydreaming about those things you see and draw around you will help put them in different perspectives and juxtapositions. Don't just look at the artists you like now but look at people from the past. Bosch was one of those who was a direct link to creativity for me as was Rackham, etc.. Don't worry so much and just keep getting better. Light bulbs will go on.
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