Do you ever get an idea and it won’t relax until you give it your attention?
Well I get those.
They usually manifest as images and they sit on the shelves of my mind waiting. Some are shy. They sit on the folds my grey matter for days and weeks and sometimes even years. Waiting. They have stamina. They’ll wait for me as I go on through life busily and every now and again whisper a reminder.
Others are eager and relentless. They usually burn like a flame. They have to be created here and now. If I don’t have time or wait too long they go somewhere else and when I finally check up on them they are gone. Split while I slacked off. If I take them off the shelf in time and tend to their beckoning when I’m not ready, the results are sloppy and they leave me for a more equipped host.
There is only one way of getting it right with these fickle ideas.
I must tend to them quickly and fully. When I do we’re both beautifully happy.
This idea was of the burning kind. It simply had to be put on digital paper as soon as possible. I enjoyed it immensely.
Elizabeth Gilbert talks about this creative process in her wonderful book “Big Magic”. I thought the book depicts the creative process amazingly.
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This is how it feels like when i’m being curious. How does it feel and look like to you?
But when I lose it, it takes me a little while to notice, because I get numb like a drunk lizard in the winter. I get easily distracted, checking messages on my phone every other minute or looking through Facebook at peoples last vacation pics. I eat without being hungry.
I get restless and compensate with an extra cup of coffee, I don’t really need. Note to self – stop drinking coffee! When that happens, my days are long and I get home after work feeling especially tired. On days I do get curious or engaged . Oh boy. That’s when I loose track of time. That’s when I forget about my troubles. That’s when I’m focused. That’s when I’m most optimistic.
Truth be told…I need to watch out because I could forget to eat or put off taking breaks. Not a good thing to totally forget yourself. Working in a creative industry I sometimes feel like I don’t have a good excuse for getting bored. So when it does happen it worries me. I feel like I lost the spark or that I’m in the wrong field. Even the most creative endeavor can get old if it’s repeated enough times.
Even the animation industry has it’s share of boring gigs. I can work on a cool project one day with cute furry creatures and the next day it would be a shampoo ad.
So that’s when it’s time to get up and shake off the dust. Draw, write, play, sing…what ever makes you feel alive.
The secret to a good mood in my book, is to keep on engaging in my most favorite thing. The things I would do for free.
Swimmer also goes by the name Lady of the lake, Vivian, Nimue or many other names for that matter. She is a part of King Arthur’s legend. The story tells of Merlin the wizard, who falls for her. She promises to return his love only if Merlin teaches her his magic, which he does despite the danger. Ultimately she learns all she can and traps Merlin in the trunk of a tree.
I started out drawing her with black hair and olive skin, but finally decided she would do better with a supernatural, eerie complexion.
water insects are cool