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Finding Inspiration 101

Inspiration for an artist is like fuel to a car. As long as they are filled with it, they will continue to create fantastic work.

But, once that inspiration starts to run low and you can feel it slowly pointing to “empty”, things start to get confusing and your mind turns into a  pile of blank crumpled piece of paper where you can’t even sketch out an idea.

I have recently got out of “artist’s block”, and Im here to tell you how to prevent yourself from getting into it and getting out of it should it happen.

Dont worry this won’t be a long ass post. Just some tips to help you.

Preventing Artist’s Block:

the way our minds work, is way different from how others work, because as artists, we dont usually sit down in a group and jot down ideas, no. Most of our brilliant ideas come from those light bulb moments, where you will be  walking down the street listening to Nas (had to throw that in there), and all of a sudden you stop and start grinning because you just came up with the sickest idea of all. Its those moments that drive you! (Your gasoline)

Write them right away and store it. On your phone, voice note, whatever, just make a record of it. Because after that moment you will notice that all of the ideas will be pouring in, and you have to be ready.

How does this help prevent AB?

Going back to the car metaphor, when your ideas start pouring in, its like driving on the autobahn and you are going 180 km/hr. And once you start forgetting the ideas that are coming out, its like hitting a pothole on this road and it slows you down. This can easily discourage any artist because now you have to hit the brakes and try to remember what was the idea before the last. Soon this will turn into frustration, further leading to Artist’s block.

So write everything down! Who cares if it looks like chicken scratch, you’ll decode it later.

-Ignore what everyone says when you are going through pre-Artist’s Block. The last thing you want to do is to create someone elses idea. It probably an artist’s pride thing, because at the end of the day, its only a true success if it came straight from your mind and heart. So don’t waste your time discussing it with others.

-Always remain present.

What the hell does that mean?? It means exactly what it says. Don’t get too caught up in “future ideas”. The problem with most of us is that we focus too much on the end result of things and we lack focus on the actual work that needs to be done presently.

So take one idea at a time. Trust yourself. You came up with the present idea already, what makes you think you won’t have a thousand more later on?

So remain present.

Getting out of AB:

If you ever get stuck in a ditch that we call Artist’s Block this is what you need to do first: stop thinking!

Like I mentioned before we tend to spiral and curl into a ball of frustration, once we can’t get an idea out.  So what I do is stop thinking. How to stop thinking? I usually start listening to the noises that surround me, even listen to my own breathing. relax….this usually helps you step out of your state of AB. Now, I suggest you don’t do anything for a few moments. Just relax. What this is doing is resetting your thought patterns. Basically pressing the good ol’ ctrl+alt+del on the mind. Let it reset and start thinking of all the great work you’ve come up with in the past. Think of how good it felt to show people your work and the great comments you got for it.  What this does is it starts your mind on a positive path, and you will see from there that your thought patterns are more workable.

I know I may sound like a spiritual teacher but what you didnt know is that most artists are spiritual people but they just don’t know it.

-listen to music. One of my favorite ways to untangle my thoughts. Its always the same pattern for me. Start off with some Tribe Called Quest, and end it off with some Talib Kweli. Do the same! Listen to your favorite albums and just take it all in. This is just another way to reset your mind.

So I’m hoping these tips helped you out. What I would highly suggest is to maybe tweak what I’ve told you to your likings. Keep in mind that this works for me because I have observed myself in the Artists Block stages and I’ve noted things that worked for me to get out of it.

 

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Mac vs PC

It has been long debated on which computer is better…Mac or Pc’s.  Well here’s a better question for you: Which computer is better for graphic designers? (cue in dramatic music….)

In the late 90’s I was in college doing a program called Illustration and Design. A hybrid program that taught you everything that has to do with art. From drawing to painting, to airbrushing all the way to  graphic designing. Now in the first semester we started using photoshop 5.5 and illustrator version 8 or 9, on a computer called a Macintosh.

At the time I didnt think it wouldve been such a big deal on which computer you were designing on. And I dont think it really did till maybe around 2002. (this is just a guesstimate of when i started to notice the epic battle starting to brew up)

Now Ive designed on both a pc and a mac and besides the different key combinations for actions, they both perform well……Im lying. I found that working on pc’s, the programs made the computer crash a few times during long hours of work, and this can be due to the fact that Creative Suite programs require a lot of multitasking and RAM. On the other hand, for some reason, a Mac takes care of shit. And I say it like that because based on my experience, my Macbook Pro has probably worked 72 hours straight at most with out even a single reset or glitch. And I stand by Apple because they stand strong even when you abuse them (not physically). But….I’m not knocking PC’s. Yes the Creative Suite programs are more expensive than the actual computer but, its affordable if you cannot dish out the 2000$ for a mac.

I would probably get a pc as a back up should my mbp breaks down. FYI I’ve had my laptop since 2008, and not one problem besides me dropping it which caused the housing to slightly crack.  LOL

And to finally end my biased post on this topic, it seems nowadays that people automatically assume that graphic designers, all have Macs. I dont know how this came about, but let me tell you this. It bothers me a whole lot when i see people with Macbook Pros, and find out that they are not designers. I mean, why do you need such a powerful laptop when the most technical program you use is Excel! Lmao

Mac vs Pc = Cool vs Practical