I found a cool website off of my kids magazine, called Muse. The website is Wordle.net. I created this Occupy Wall Street message art using the application on the site. This application that allows you to place any number of words in a box that will randomly place the words as shown in my little piece.
Have fun, get inspired. Add a few words or passages from a book. After you create it, make it public on the internet.
I made products in my shop in support for the Occupy Wall Street 99% protesters. 50% of the proceeds from every sale of the 99% products will go to Occupy Wall Street. The top 1% understand pie charts.
It's been a while but finally I've created a new drawing celebrating Christmas and the Winter Solstice. This piece springs from my memory of a greeting card I received years ago. The artwork on the card was so beautiful it made an indelible impression on me; one not to be easily forgotten. Artists derive impressions from everywhere sparking new ways of creating. The card had an image of Santa walking along side polar bears in what appeared to be a snow storm. I loved the feeling I got when I looked at the card. The long held imagery in my mind inspired this new work. It's created with Prismacolor pencils, pens and markers:
When hurricane Irene finally calmed, I captured this inspiring rainbow. Rainbows seem to offer promise of better days to come. Seeing a rainbow, gives me pause to focus on a positive thought; a heart's desire. I expect it's because I remember hearing from my childhood that a rainbow is God's promise of never flooding the earth again. It's a lovely thought. Whatever it means to us individually or the fact it's the sun shinning on droplets of moisture in the Earth's atmosphere, I find it to be an inspiration. If we look around, there is inspiration everywhere.
The other day, I read a inquiry on a Zazzle message board, asking where do we find inspiration to create our design work. The poster went on to say, she will take a photo of a design she likes. It set off a series of responses; some expressing concern about plagiarism. Ok, we know it's not cool to rip off artists design. There are some people who think, if it doesn't state copyright, it's up for grabs. Not so. Copyright stated or not is implicit understanding of intellectual property unless stated otherwise.
If you admire an artist's photography work for example, ask if you can use it for reference. When I have a block, I will sometimes look around Flickr for inspiration. If I see a photo I like, I contact the owner of it asking permission to use it. I also offer to provide a free copy of the finished work as way of expressing gratitude for the collaboration.. If you plan to sell the work, it's a good idea to state it plainly, i.e., artist has full copyright and use of completed work as deemed fit. It's also nice to acknowledge the artists' photography work on your blog. It establishes a circle of trust; a win/win for everyone. It's good karma.
So where do I find inspiration? In most instances, it's from my day to day experiences. It could be something I read in a book (elephant drawing inspired by Rosey in the book Water for Elephants), a social awareness concern, a memory, or out of my interests.
Visit museums to see how other artists do it. Take in the images but don't use it as your own. Looking at other work can help us think differently, opening up blocked channels. Flip through magazines, listen to music and think of the colors you "hear" in it. Consider the movement and tempo. Keep an artist journal to collect your doodles. Doodles can lead to new pieces of work. Take a new route, a Sunday drive or a vacation. These are just some of the ways to help unblock channels to creativity.
How do you find inspiration? You're invited to add your thoughts and comments here.