The process of seeking inspiration and then putting it into action in your work will look a little different for everyone. But for me this is what my process looks like (see above).
I start by getting off the computer! If I know when I am starting a project I make it a point to get off the computer and into my world. When I am in "seeking mode" I always have my camera on hand and a sketchbook. Sometimes I have time to sit and sketch while other times I can only snap a few photos or take quick notes. I bring my inspiration home and will either put it to use right away or file it for a time when I am able to sit down and create. Sometimes my inspiration is used in very literal ways- like drawing my subject matter or taking beautiful photographs while other times my inspiration is not so literal- like pulling colors, pattern and texture and turning them into something else.
A beautiful photo of pussy willow stems can be used to pull all sorts of inspiration for a variety of projects!
Use the colors in your inspiration to build a color palette for your creative projects.
Use your inspiration as the subject matter for sketching. This is a great way to practice your sketching skills!
Turn your subject matter into doodles or simple drawings and then repeat them over and over again to begin building pattern. This is a great process for surface design projects.
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