I just love this artwork found on Pinterest this morning. (I'm afraid I couldn't find the original artist, if anyone knows, please drop me a line so that I can add their link.)
Things have been a bit quiet on the blog front lately, I've been in "lockdown" working on a new collection.
I've been loving the process and I've found it interesting watching how my creative mind works, it's almost as if it's outside of myself. I have an idea in mind, but that then takes on a life of its own. I seem to work best if I just allow myself to play, if my designs are quite fanciful (and not necessarily commercially viable), and are simplified from there. I can only sketch to a certain point and then need to be hands on, to experiment with materials and then get back to the sketchpad/illustrator. I certainly work best in a quiet environment so The Man has been good at taking the little one out often to give me that. I find that I need to go into "lockdown", cut out other distractions, turn off the music, forget about email, turn off my phone and just get in the zone. Ideas don't come in the morning, that time for me is best spent sleeping in, tidying up, flicking through books, refining work on illustrator, the ideas visit me after lunch and well into the night. I go through many, many cups of tea while I'm working. I can forget to eat so The Man brings me treats through the day and cooks good meals for me to eat with the family. I can't think about other things, I can't blog while I'm designing. When I do take breaks, I like it to be an escape, preferable some creative play with the little one, or a fantasy film at night.
How about you, do you create? How does the process work for you? Do you control it, or does it control you?