Thinking of new ideas for your artwork is certainly tough. Image block when you’re on a deadline is tough. It’s hard to think of a new, fresh idea with that kind of pressure. Luckily, illustrator Nate Williams was willing to share his secret for tackling the problem on his blog:
“A lot of the time when I create an editorial illustration an idea just pops into my head … but sometimes this does not happen, so I have this little methodology for creating new ideas that has helped me time and time again.
The idea behind this methodology is similar to writing a song. There are only a few musical notes, but by rearranging their order, length and speed you can create an infinite amount of songs.”
Creating solutions. Illustration by Frits Ahlefeldt We asked in our recent survey, how can you fill the gap between creativity and business? When I try and come up with my own answer to this question, I look at my work as an editorial designer. I'm the kind of person who tries to push boundaries and try to make something as close to art as I can get in a commercial environment. The business side takes over when it comes to selling my concepts and convincing others that people will "get it". That's the thing a lot of people don't get ... Read more
How can I come up with better ideas more often? Other people seem to be really creative and always have good ideas. Is there a way I can jump start my imagination when a blank page is staring me in the face? At some point in our lives, we’ve all wondered how creative geniuses do so much. They seem to have a never ending stream of good ideas. We’ve all have our shining moments, where we came up with a great joke, strung together the perfect sentence, or even painted something that was greatly admired. Since I work as a ... Read more
Brian E. Young is a graphic designer and artist in Baltimore, MD.