Would you like to create everyday but get stuck staring at a white canvas?
HERE WE GO. I’M GOING TO UNLEASH MY 3 TIPS THAT HELP ME OVERCOME THAT WHITE CANVAS!
1) COLLECT INSPIRATION
Collecting inspiration is the easiest part and is pretty much the basis of finding your style and you. I KID YOU NOT. I have a folder of inspirational palettes, textures, architecture and YES, OTHER WORKS OF ART. Even music. You have to know what gets your creative juices FLOWING and how do you do that? Explore. This is the fun part of it all. LET THOSE EMOTIONS FLOW AND BE INSPIRED BY THAT QUOTE OR SONG (or whatever does it for you).
(I really can’t judge. I’ve been inspired but the Arctic Monkey’s album since seeing them back in July? eee)
How to collect inspiration? Friend, cut / tear/ rip out magazine ads (I’m showing my age eeee) and store em in a physical folder. Save digital images and into a digital file.
OR BOOM, DIGITAL HEAVEN, PINTEREST.
Make an account, make a specific board or a broad one of inspirational images. Next thing you know you’ll be a mood board guru and have separate boards for your textures, colors, styles, etc. You get it.
2) COPY A STYLE *friends lezzzzbehonest*
All artists steal (google Picasso and Braque). So basically Braque had a concept and Picasso just made it look soooooo much better. This is up for debate but lets be honest, who here remembers Braque? AMIRITE?
ANYWAY, Copying will help you realize strengths and weaknesses of your own and help you formulate your own style. It helps to copy a style to see what you like, at least in the beginning! JUST DON’T sell it. You’ll end up in a nice lawsuit and I don’t want that for you!!!
Use it, abuse it till you have the means to formulate some real work.
When I was in school for photograpy, we had to collect ‘tear sheets,’ or magazine ad examples where we could study how they lit each shot and then replicate it. It was a great learning tool for not only lighting techniques but to develop our own tastes. Designers often create mood boards to pitch to clients to make sure everyone’s on the same page.
AND EVERYDAY PEOPLE MENTALLY collect images of those they admire when they wanna learn something new like, how to dress. Think about that.
PARALYSIS BY ANALYSIS IS A THING. If you don’t DO, you’ll push it off for tomorrow or never. Create even if it sucks cause before ya know it you’ll have a body of work! Keep creating as if someone is watching you because, to be honest, someone always is. Whether you’re a new grad from art school or a high school freshy, preteen, hobbyist, people around you have every means to keep up to date with your life.
Galleries also watch out for new artists to see if they’re creativity continues or stalls as a form of measurement of potential success.*
Also, I’m a testament. I created consistently for a few months and really am not even a big anything but wound up with some creative gigs solely based on my INSTAGRAM.
I hope these tips helped!
If you have any q’s, hate mail, suggestions, or positive vibes, please comment or shoot your shot via dm on my instagram: @kimalban!