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    How to develop creativity

    Hi guys, I have a problem. I'm a senior in high school and very shortly applying to art schools around the United States. I've spoken with most of the colleges that I want to apply to and pretty much most of them say that I'll be accepted but that if I want to be a potential candidate for full tuition scholarships I need to show more creativity in my works.

    How do I go from stuff like these(my own works):

    http://fav.me/d5jsx8y
    http://fav.me/d5jswwc
    http://fav.me/d5jswsi

    To making things like these:

    http://www.pha-droid.com/2009_art/du...roid_jones.jpg
    http://ego-alterego.com/wp-content/u...012/08/136.jpg
    http://fav.me/d3ek8eg

    All of my works are studies and I fail to actually present a view to the world on anything with my art. I've been told I have decent technical skills but I feel like I don't know where to go with what I have.

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    Honestly I think you shouldn't even worry about this at this stage. Work on your technical skills as much as you can now...yeah, you're decent for a high school kid, but that means very little. Focus on sharpening your observational skills and drawing skills first and foremost. That's not to say that you can't give yourself a bit of direction. Do some master copies and see how the artists you admire paint things and ask yourself why they handled it the way they did. Then try to incorporate similar aspects in your work if you so desire. But that should really be secondary to building a solid drawing foundation. Once you can draw well you can explore more.

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    Draw a memory
    Draw a dream
    Draw a self portrait as somebody else from history/fiction
    Draw a self portrait that doesn't include your likeness
    Draw the view out your window in 100 years
    Draw a still life from the point of view of an ant
    Draw a still life that's a mystery
    Draw a car that's a human
    Draw something big as if it were really small
    Draw something small as if it were really big
    etc


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    Lean as much as you can about as much as you can.
    Create unexpected combinations.
    Make lists.
    Play games.
    Surprise yourself.
    Draw/write/dance/sing.
    Think.
    Don't think.
    Kill your darlings.
    The best way to have a good idea is to have lots of ideas.


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    Use a program like http://al.chemy.org/ , Notice the piece of old rag fluttering in the wind and use that in your image to represent hair blowing in the wind. Mash together images cut out of various magazines to create a collage

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    Sit down with a cup of tea and and sift through the work of your favourite artists.
    Learn all you can about good composition and make lots of abstract thumbnail sketches. You'll be able to extract something out of those and develop it.

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    You might find some ideas in this book - Keys to Drawing with Imagination by Bert Dodson.

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    The difference between these
    Quote Originally Posted by art-of-tennis View Post

    How do I go from stuff like these(my own works):

    http://fav.me/d5jsx8y
    http://fav.me/d5jswwc
    http://fav.me/d5jswsi
    and these


    is not "creativity" but an understanding of the fundamentals: perspective, anatomy, the modeling of 3dimensional forms, composition, etc.

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