When the idea well dries up, it could be you have exhausted your “raw materials” and need to collect more. Ideas are often inspired by outside influences, such as experiences, someone’s story, an image, or an emotion. Inspiration is everywhere, but you have to be around the sources of inspiration in order to be influenced by it.
Be An Observer
Observation is key for anyone looking to create designs or artwork, whether it is a commissioned piece or a personal project of self-expression. The information you take in through your observations is the raw material that can be used in current or future projects. This is why you should have a journal or a little notepad with you at all times, because you never know when a great idea will cross your mind and you don’t want to forget it. You should also take pictures to record visual pieces of inspiration, but be sure to make a little note somewhere to help you remember what ideas came to mind when you first saw it.
Get Out There
There is only so much observing you can do when sitting behind a desk, or sitting on the couch in front of the television. There is a whole world of inspiration and ideas out there, but you aren’t going to collect any of them if you don’t get out there.
Grab your camera, sketchbook, or notebook, or all three, and get moving. Participate in activities, try something new, visit some of your favourite places, talk to people, or volunteer; living a little will bring great results when looking for those fresh new ideas you need.
Still Feel Like You Don’t Have Any Ideas?
I’m sure you have plenty of ideas, but maybe you’re being a little hard on yourself. Maybe you think your ideas are not good enough, or developed enough. Relax and let your mind wander a bit, you’ll be surprised at what you can come up with.
If you are still drawing a blank, why not head over to Creative Bloq’s 20 tips on how to overcome creative block.
I Would Like To Hear From You
Where do you get your ideas from? What suggestions do you have for someone suffering a little creative block?
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