Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Top artists reveal how to find creative inspiration (from The Guardian)

Top artists reveal how to find creative inspiration: Guy Garvey, Isaac Julien, Martha Wainwright and other artists give their top tips for unleashing your inner genius.

15 examples to get you started:

  • Don't be scared of failure. Mistakes can be inspiring.
  • There is much to learn from other artists.
  • If you get overexcited by an idea, take a break and come back to it later.
  • Don't forget to have a life.
  • Try to reshape your ideas in other forms.
  • Always be on the lookout. Stay open.
  • It's useful to get perspective on what you do by talking to all sorts of different people.
  • Break any rule if you know deep inside that it is important.
  • Ask questions you can't answer easily.
  • Once there's an idea, turn it upside down and take it seriously for a moment – even if it seems silly.
  • Daydream. Give yourself plenty of time to do nothing.
  • Collaborate. Go on a journey with someone who is as different to you as chalk and cheese.
  • Don't wait for a good idea to come to you. Start by realising an average idea.
  • Hang on in there. Inspiration can come at any time.
  • Take a deep breath, and a leap of faith.

Read everything here: Top artists reveal how to find creative inspiration - The Guardian.