10 November 2014

I want to be creative

I want to be creative
For a while now I have being wanting to do something different, I've being wanting to start something new and exciting within the realms of illustration and design; a craft of some sort. Having said that I have also being considering pushing myself and having a go at YouTube. If I'm honest the thought of that used to terrify me although in recent months I've not felt as daunted by the prospect. I've always been somebody who has appreciated the world of art and indeed that HUGE array of work that is out there. Typically when you think of art (or at least I did when I was younger) you may think of intricate drawings and precise detail that captures the moment, the expression and emotions of the subject as if a drawing had quite literally been a photograph; it looks simply too real to be by pencil or paint. Yet art can be so much more than that, it can include such a wide variety of different forms of media from the likes of film, photography, painting, illustrations and many, many more. 

Within my life at the moment I feel like I'm lacking creativity, I've always been a creative person yet I have let it slide considerably. In a way this is down to time of which I'm not about to use as some sort of excuse. It's something I have let be pushed aside for other things that may at that particular time have been more important and yet I have never returned back to that creative impulse. I have let that happen although not intentionally. In another way I rarely feel happy with what I produce which then sadly puts me off even starting. I know that is a quitters attitude and is one that I should nip in the bud but it can be easier said than done. I have all these ideas in my head yet I find getting them down onto paper never quite transpires how I had envisioned making me feel a bit of a failure. I have a nasty habit of comparing myself to others which is not good, it's not healthy and will only make me feel worse. It's not something I intend to do and I don't go out of my way to do it; let's face it who does? I think it generally boils down to a lack of confidence, courage and self-assurance; you'd think by the age of 25 I would have got through that stage in my life and be wearing the t-shirt to prove it.

At the moment I feel like I want to do it all, I'm not pacing myself. My ideas are BIG (for me anyway) yet I don't even know where to start off; does that make sense? My educational background where the arts are concerned are poor, I didn't do a art based degree whereby my only qualifications and general artistic knowledge feel like they stem back to the stone age when I was studying my GCSEs. Feeling a bit out of touch would be a bit of an understatement at the moment, I miss being creative. I've let it be sucked out of me in the world of work and studying and somehow I need to change that, I need to make time for it once again although in what form I'm not entirely sure.

To all the artists out there, whether you paint, make music, produce jewellery or spray walls (waves at Banksy) how did you find your niche? How did you discover what you were good at? What has made you feel like your work was unique without resembling somebody else's?

Writing this post I feel like I lost my way with it a bit, I do hope it made sense in some way or another.

 
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  1. What a great post! Funnily enough I think I understand how you're feeling...

    Although I never took any kind of arts at school/college. But I was just a creative and do-it-yourself kinda person! If there was something to be made, or up-cycled I was on it straight away!

    Nowadays I lack the time to do it, and also lack motivation. I do blame a lot of this on my boring dead-end office job, it literally takes everything out of me.

    I tend to turn to Pinterest lately for inspiration and ideas to be creative - I'm sure you've already done this, but worth a shot? :)

    Laura x | http://www.laurasallmadeup.com/

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  2. I FEEL YOU 100%

    annie | www.nouveauchique.com

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  3. Such a good post :) I think it's so hard to find your own, unique path as a creative. I'm still struggling to this day! I think in reality, the best way to find it - is to practice. Group together the styles you like visually, maybe make a folder on your computer, practice some other peoples work, use different mediums and then pick at what you like best.


    I wouldn't necessarily say I have a painting style, but then I must have - as everything does naturally come out with a similar palette/look to it - so maybe we all have our unique ways engrained in us :) it just takes a bit of practice and patience for it to come out!


    Sam | Tiny Paint Pot xx

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  4. Oh and I think allowing yourself to be a beginner is an important thing. I regularly start things, never finish them and then get annoyed down the line when I have to inevitably start again (you're not the only one :)) but just allowing yourself to make a bit of a mess and not take it so seriously always helps me!


    Sorry for being so ramble-y haha! Xx

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  5. I have no idea what I'm doing. I think that physically searching for your niche isn't the right way to go about it. You want to do everything? ( I do too omg) Let's try everything. You'll find it. I found that I don't really have a medium. My medium is creativity. :) I've found peace with it. You'll find yours!

    doitfortheirony.blogspot.com

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  6. Working totally sucked the creativity out of me too, hence why i started a blog- i really felt like my creative brain cells were being destroyed by the second- especially in my part-time retail job! I find my inspiration through things like Pinterest and try and identify what the common themes are about the things i like or admire. Ultimately though, i think the best thing is to just give it a go. If you don't like something you've created, then change it and keep improving and allow yourself to go on a journey before trying to identify what is different about your work as it will eventually appear.

    Lizzy from Nomad Notebook

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  7. It took a coworker telling me that I am absolutely an artist, just not in a traditional painting way, to make me really acknowledge how creative I am. I work in marketing and have a blog, and am always working on some thing creative - as are YOU! It might not be a canvas with watercolors on it, but this blog is absolutely something creative you should feel proud of.


    xoxo
    Kelly
    www.dreaminlace.com

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  8. "How did you discover what you were good at?" By accident. I just fell into it. I started making jewellery and everything suddenly made sense once I paired it with my photography style.

    Just create; don't try to be perfect, be messy, try stuff out, play around. Don't think about it too much.

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  9. I'm all over Pinterest these days Laura, it is SO inspiring! I have a load of ideas for decorating my bedroom at the moment. I think we just need to start allocating ourselves time to be more creative, if we want it we have to fight for it if that makes sense x

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  10. I just want to do something arty, something liberating and fun you know! :) x

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  11. Thank you so much Samantha :) Practice makes perfect, or so they say. That's exactly what I need to do, I just need to start somewhere and see what happens and where it goes x

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  12. Thank god I'm not the only one, I've started so many things in the past and have ended them mid way. No thank you for rambling, I like the ramble haha! :) x

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  13. Let's try everything!! Thank you, I sure hope so :) x

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  14. I think if I didn't have this blog at the moment I would be so miserable, it is indeed a creative outlet it its own right. Thank you Lizzy x

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  15. Thank you Kelly, I'm going to keep telling myself that :) xx

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  16. I over think things SO much, I can be a little impatient and find myself wanting good results quick which will only ever impact on the quality of what ever I produce. I'm also a bit of a perfectionist too so if I find myself not liking something I have to start over, I need to be more free if that makes sense. Thank you Sophie! x

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