Friday, October 15, 2010

Coffee and Creativity

I'm not sure what it is about a cafe that spurs creativity, but I'm glad that it works on me to some extent. Maybe it's the thoughtful consumption of caffeinated beverages or the mellow tunes and easy atmosphere that allow the creative thoughts to rise to the surface. It's always nice to bring a friend to help with that creative flow as well. Something I could definitely stand to do more often.

If there's one thing I've learned about being a creative, it's that you can't operate in a vacuum; you need to be around other people that are doing things that interest you, whether it's a buddy playing the guitar or a pal who likes to sketch like you do. Some could argue that it's distracting to work with other people around if they aren't directly related to the project at hand. My response would be, yes, they definitely can be, but you don't want to avoid opportunities to be exposed to fresh ideas or your work will get stale. Perhaps you can't count on that time to produce quality work. Some people don't operate that way; they need solitude to put the pieces together. Make time to work on the serious stuff later, but don't forget your drawing buddies! It's a wonderful, low pressure way to unwind and gain new perspective.

The caffeine also helps the energy level. ^_~

Here's a sketch that came from a recent session with a friend:

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Splashing Around in Puddles

It's been a while since I've played with watercolors, but it felt so good to get back into it! Here's a doodle I did very quickly. I also love brown ink. It has some wonderful properties. Enjoy!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Thumbnails that aren't on your thumbs...

It's been too long since I've done a decent couple pages of thumbnails. It's the best way to try out composition and shading to get the right mood without spending inordinate amounts of time on a layout that looks like crap. The below sketch is a sample (small scale) of what I usually do. My professors in college would always stress doing exorbitant amounts of thumbnails (like 100) before we picked three ideas and developed them further. It's an excellent practice.

This one could still use some work. The more developed sketch still has some problems with interest, but it's getting there.