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Creativity and New Ideas

“An idea is our visual reaction to something seen – in real life, in our memory, in our imagination, in our dreams” Anna Held Audette from the book “The Black Canvas”.

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Creativity involves two processes: thinking and producing. If you have ideas but don’t make them happen – you are imaginative, but not creative. For a digital artist it’s very important to have fresh ideas and be creative. Usually clients don’t know exactly what they are looking for, so it’s up to us, artists, to propose winning solution to them and make long term relationship with client.
I don’t know about you, but for me new ideas is always an open subject. It can be really challenging to create something interesting and fresh. But the good part is that we all have ability to train ourselves to think creative.

Beliefs that only special, talented people are creative and you need to be born this way – is a myth. Can creativity be learned? The short answer – yes :)

We all have creativeness when we born, but when we getting older we learn to became uncreative. So Creativity is a skill that can be developed and managed.

To do so you need:
– experiment
– explore
– question assumptions
– use imagination

Learning to be creative is like, in some way, learning a sport. It requires practice to develop the right muscles and supportive environment.

We are lucky to live in this age. The age of internet and modern devises. You can surround yourself by art projects you adore and get a sneak peek to life of people you can name as your role models.

Right now people share a huge amount of their work and personal stuff via Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Behance and other social media. So don’t hesitate, take advantage of that :) What I like to do is to make Mood boards on Pinterest for retouching and photography I like. Behance is a great place to discover talented people and get some inspiration.

Also it can be useful to have hobby, which is not connected with retouching or photography. It can be decoupage, dancing, cooking, writing – anything, that can keep your mind away from retouching technics but still in creative mode. Sometimes during those activities, you can get great ideas for future digital projects. I know I do :)

Please share what you do to set your mind in creative mood? What you do to generate new ideas?

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