All posts tagged “Inspiration

Sketchbook Pages #5 – Pokemon Go Edition

In recent weeks I’ve fallen victim to the unavoidable pull of Pokémon Go. I know, I know. Everyone’s playing, and it’s really creepy when random strangers point their phone cameras at you. But childhood dreams really do come true, and now I can now try my hand at catching these mystical creatures IRL. It would only be natural that somehow it would permeate my sketchbook. While AR makes the gameplay a little more realistic compared to the experience in a Gameboy Color or a 3DS, I still wonder what these creatures would look like if they were adapted to our world. Would they resemble certain already existing animals? I decided to mess around with two of the Pokémon already in my possession, and thought about the possibilities for their existence in our world. In the end, they look like illustrations for children’s books. Oh well.

A preliminary drawing of Growlithe

A part of Growlithe before I took him in for coloring.

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Sketchbook Pages #4

I’m not one to dwell too much in the past, but sometimes when I get stuck, I like to look through old sketchbooks. Lately I’ve been enjoying the horrors that are my old college sketchbooks, back when I was taking introductory art courses and painting. A lot of it was more visual exploration, whereas the pages from my sketchbooks from graphic design coursework had more notes and thumbnail sketches. All of them are a little embarrassing, with student angst-filled pages ranting about sleep-deprivation, and hopes of a better life post-college. Heh.

I’ve got a few less embarrassing throwbacks, and some current ideas I’m still fleshing out.

Another page from the sketchbook

WIP study; still a lot of fleshing out needs to be done here.

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An Alternative Approach to Creative Block

You know that feeling. You’re working on a project, and suddenly you hit what seems like a dead end in your thought process. You’re at a loss for words and you’ve wracked your brain for viable solutions, but nothing fits. Enter the dreaded creative block. It may answer to a different name, depending on your discipline,  but it’s frustrating all the same.

When we reach that point in our work, it may mean we need to pause and grab a snack, take a short nap, catch up on the news—anything to take a break from whittling away at the problem. Sometimes a momentary diversion from the grind can be beneficial. It becomes a problem for me when my short breaks turn into a means of procrastination. A tiny snack becomes a quest to read the nutrition facts on everything in the kitchen. “Doing a little research” leads to laughing at and sending coworkers dog or cat memes. In the end, the problem is still there. At some point you have to face it, right? Read More

More Thoughts on a Thursday

“Don’t worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you’ll have to ram them down people’s throats.”—Howard Aiken

These past few months, I’ve been thinking about my objectives for running this blog. At the moment, I don’t have any cool DIY posts, and I’m no fashion plate, but I’m hoping to simply use this place as a receptacle for the documentation of ideas and inspiration. Yeah, I know this is what blogs were a few years ago, but I’m hoping that consistently posting work process might motivate me to keep going; keep working hard until something happens.

Maybe someday you’ll have to push your ideas on people to accept them, but for now, there’s nothing wrong with being invisible. There’s room for experimentation and self-discovery before people start paying attention. Maybe those stolen ideas were duds, in retrospect.

…Well, I mean, that’s what I’m trying to tell myself.