Looking back, I’ve learned a lot about my own creative habits since committing to entering this logo design competition. Here’s a convenient summary of my thoughts so far…
Creative Freeze: Acknowledge your fear, and coax it forward, or it will hold you back.
Breathing Space: Give yourself and your creative project space to breathe from beginning to end. You’ll learn to trust your own judgement rather than relying on the opinions of others.
Doodles Do: Dilute creative block by brainstorming your thoughts on paper, and nurturing them. They’ll suffocate if they’re kept hidden away inside your head.
Pathfinder: Hesitate on a path of stepping stones and you risk losing your balance. Keep a smooth, steady pace until you reach the other side, and only then pause for breath, reflect back and prepare for the next one
Fire-Walking: It takes courage to blaze a new trail, so it’s okay to hesitate a little (and you won’t burn your feet). Enjoy the journey or you’ll miss part of the fun, and you’ll discover your destination when you finally get there.
If there’s one key thing I’ve taken away from this project, it’s the benefits of creative inertia. It’s sooooo much easier to keep going when you’re already in motion, especially if you plan your next step before your current one is complete. Although my drawing is faltering on a path of stepping stones, my sewing task list is shrinking nicely.
I’ve repaired and adjusted seven (yes, SEVEN!) garments in the past month (ready to wear after a year or two in limbo). My target is no outstanding repairs or adjustments by the end of this year. As I see them waiting in my wardrobe, I’m not afraid of them; I subconsciously ponder each task, and when one is finished I choose the next one.
Drawing is different. I hesitate after each sketch, as though I’m drained of energy and I need to recharge before I think about what happens next. There’s got to be another lesson in here somewhere…
While I think about that, I’m switching to fortnightly posts so I can spend some quality time with my sketchbook. Have you found this series useful? Please leave me a comment.
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