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Archive for May 10th, 2009

Apply Strict Restrictions and Limitations on Your Project to Expand Your Creativity
While the conventional wisdom tells us that creativity comes from thinking outside the box, limiting your project to a specific theme, range of colors or style can bring on a creative explosion. The act of limiting your process to a narrow focus will require that you expand the way you think about your project and can lead to discovering new ways of doing things.

What would happen if you had to illustrate the sun 50 times and all 50 had to be different? The first few would be easy, and you could probably create 10 simply by changing your mediums. But what would you do to create the other 40? How would you change your image of the sun to make it different?

By doing this type of exercise regularly, your creativity will expand and you will find new and exciting ways of creating art that you wouldn’t otherwise find. If you really want to put your creativity to the test, try limiting your project even more with an additional restrictions such as drawing the sun in 50 different ways using only pen & ink.

I used the alphabet and a Moleskine Sketchbook as limitations in one project and I found that I embraced some new mediums and some of my illustrations were completely out of character. I also discovered that I enjoyed modifying the sketchbook almost as much as I liked creating the art.  It was really an enlightening experience.

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I was inspired by the space within the letter “U”, so my illustration has this as its focal point. The charcoal I used provided a intense black contrast to the paper and was easy to smudge. The pattern of the paper’s texture is evident in the smudged areas, but I like the effect.

Charcoal Works Well on the Moleskine Sketchbook Paper and the Blends Take on the Pattern of Papers Texture.

Charcoal Works Well on the Moleskine Sketchbook Paper and the Blends Take on the Pattern of Paper's Texture.

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