Pablo Picasso’s quote “The bad artists imitate, the great artists steal.” has been a topic point that keeps coming up these past few days along with a TED talk I watched about a year ago called “Steal Like An Artist”
I remember the day I watched it, I had been doing a similar thing with old newspapers and magazines, crossing out words leaving a story or poem with those left behind. I started this when I was drawing illustrations on old text books thinking I was being original. The news wasn’t to hardly taken though, that it had been done many times over, because that was exactly what this guy had thought.
Around the same time was my discovery of peter draws, and his video “Epic mandala drawing (and thoughts about stealing art)” Peter also handed me another lead after reciting the quote by the director Jim Jarmusch as I then discovered the movie “Coffee and Cigarettes” which was full of some of the most inspiring and weird conversations and quotes such “The earth is a conductor of acoustical resonance.” and “I drink a lot of coffee before I go to bed so I can dream faster.”
I remember I was on a roll this day,and I copied all this cool stuff into my sketchbooks. Notes and sketches about lucid dreaming, sleep deprivation, reviving sharpie pens, zentangling and it was even the day I found Russell Brands political videos such as the messiah complex, the interview for BBC news and MSNBC where he showed them up as complete idiots!
I realized this was all I wanted to do for the rest of my life, I’d be a Blogger. Needless to say, one or two videos set off a snowball effect off research and now here I am. Getting off my lazy bum, not sleeping all day and working for the life I want to have 😉 Above is my old sketchbook on the exact page!
As always, Enjoy!
I am going to start you guys off with two compelling quotes before I dive into the first part of this mini blog series. I believe it will help you find some of the coolest things to pull inspiration from as well as how to find inspiration in anything. 😀
I am arming you with the later first, so you’ll know how to make the most of mining the real gems
I wouldn’t use a club personally, I find notebooks are far more efficient! which leads me to the next quote
Your most important tool as are your sketchbooks and notebooks. You need to carry them on you everywhere you go. why? because the day you don’t, you’ll forget that wonderful idea or miss the chance to even have that idea in the first place! All around you and everywhere you go there are things to use! especially if you do it deliberately! Cameras can also be an asset.
Here is a little exercise I use to keep me sharp on creative ideas. It helps you develop ideas faster and look at things differently once you realize that everything has more potential than you would originally judge it to have.
#1 Look around you and pick something, anything! It could be a pillow, a plant,a book, a piece of carpet or…even a blank wall.
- #2 Take that thing and start brainstorming ideas! There are different ways you can do this, and I suggest giving them all a go because the more angles you look at something the more idea starting points it will have but don’t forget to write them down. Take for instance the carpet.
#3. What is it’s actual use; when and why was it invented, what trends did it go through, where did it come from, what is it made of.
#4. What could you use it for; A rug, you could hang it on the wall, on a table, A blanket.
#5. What particular elements of it could be used and how; the texture might make cool prints with paint onto paper, it’s tough and be good for solid sculptures, it insulates, it protects.
#6. What could you physically do to it? Burn it, roll yourself up in it, Paint it, cut it into shapes,
#7. Mixing these answers together is where the magic happens
It’s tough and insulates, you can cut it and paint it so you could make a Tepee
You could roll yourself up in it, cover it in paint and roll across some paper while inside it.
You could make it into wall paper and paint prints onto it
You could make a really durable pencil case with it
You could work on a series of prints and designs of the life time of carpets (which I bet full of cool patterns)
This list would grow really quickly, as will how you question the item, and the more you practice the better and faster you will get. And that’s just carpet, Imagine picking something you have a passion or deeper interest in! Just remember to practice on other items to though, you’ll think of things you never would have thought of before!
I have no right to the photo’s on this article as they are found in Google images