Today, I'm going to talk to you about finding inspiration. The essential thing we all need to create all of our work and provide us with our best ideas. As all of us creatives know, inspiration can be an unobtainable thing sometimes, with it seemingly being just out of our grasp. Most often people wait around for inspiration to strike, which can sometimes come at the worst of times (i.e. just as you're drifting off to sleep, or when you aren't able to jot it down or work on it.)
Now i'm no expert on how to conjure up the elusive phantom of inspiration, but I am going to share with you some ways that I have found that seem to help me when I'm stuck.
1. Listen to Music
I love music. Music to me is so powerful and has the potential to transport you to other places, make you feel every emotion on the spectrum and see things differently. Whenever I am lacking inspiration, I put on my "Inspiration Playlist" I've created on Spotify and listen to it. This playlist consists of songs that fit the vibe of the work I want to create. It mostly consists of slightly magical feeling, dark songs that take me to a place where I can feel motivated. The songs you listen to will vary obviously, depending on the type of pieces or work you want to create. I'd suggest really listening to the songs and feeling whatever it is those songs make you feel and harness that feeling to direct it into doodles or sketches. You can then turn those initial sketches into fully fledged ideas afterwards.
2. Watch TV or Film
I don't just mean any tv (although that can also work too, as your mind is distracted) but some kind of imaginative show. For example, I like to watch The Mighty Boosh or House of Fools (If you don't know of these shows, watch them, for your own good.) The Boosh in particular is an absolute barrage of everything you thought was both possible and impossible, rolled into one show. For me, I cannot help but feel inspired after watching an episode. The possibilities are endless and no stone is left unturned.
3. Browse Pintrest
Now, first things first with this tip, DO NOT STEAL. I know the vast majority of people who read this blog are fellow creatives or people who generally respect art and the artists that create it. Nonetheless, there may be some people that may not see anything wrong with it and so I'm going to make it clear that I am not endorsing browsing Pintrest and replicating other people's art. Absolutely not. I mean this doesn't apply to things that are not individually copyrighted. For example, just because someone has painted an anatomical heart, does not mean you are not allowed to do one, because anatomy is not able to be copyrighted. Yet, copying distinctive changes to it, for example the same flowers and positioning of them, is. However, the world of art and creativity is full with people being inspired by other people and their art. There is nothing wrong with that, at all. As long as you're not directly copying, being so inspired by a piece of art that you feel compelled to be influenced by it in your next piece is wonderful.
Browsing Pintrest can help me think of different subjects to use and see how others have experimented with mediums and placements and contrasts of objects. Below is a screenshot from a Pintrest search for Dan Hillier. He is one of my favourite artists and just browsing through his artwork can really help ignite a spark in my imagination. His work is so imaginative, dark and unusual that I can't help but be inspired and in awe of his work.
4. Word Generators
This usefulness of this tip will depend on what it is you need to find inspiration for. For my work, I find this really useful. Most often, I need to think of subjects for my dotwork and especially when I'm trying to think of combinations of things to make more conceptual pieces, I use random word generators. These can mostly be found online and I'll use them to come up with a list of words that might help kickstart an idea or merge some together to concoct a more complex piece. These can be a really great help to make you think of things you might not have thought about before and it can hep you experiment with different subjects. It might not lead you directly to a new piece of work but through practicing different combinations, it could give you an idea for something else.
5. Creative Community
Again, the "DO NOT STEAL" point from tip number 3 applies massively here. I have found that building a strong community of creatives on your preferred social media platform can help greatly when it comes to finding inspiration. You don't necessarily have to be close friends with all of them, even just following artists or other creatives that you like and admire can be really beneficial to your inspiration supply. Constantly seeing new pieces or work in progress shots from your admired artists can help kickstart an idea or subject or style that you hadn't thought of exploring before. Even if they're not posting art regularly, I find that their behind the scenes/small business posts can be equally as inspiring. Seeing their work ethic, their process and sometimes even their sketchbook/ideas can help with motivating you to improve your own.
So there we go! I hope this post can provide some inspiration on how to find inspiration! At the very least, it'll provide some insight into how I help kickstart my inspiration hunt.