Wednesday, March 7, 2012

inspiRation springboards: my cReative pRocess

I've had lots of questions lately about HOW I get inspired when I design my collections & kits...so, I thought I'd share how my creative process started with my Spring Circus collection. 

Step 1. EXERCISE. Yes. you got it...your Creative muscles need exercising EVERYDAY! So, I *always* use my 100 Creativity Exercises. I know I talk about it A LOT...but., I can't emphasize the importance enough...it's critical for me getting new ideas.


Step. 2. LOOK.  After I've exercised, I am always on the lookout for what I'm drawn to...what inspires me. I take inspiration trips to stores, boutiques, Pinterest, my mags/books, & I've even been known to get inspiration from random things like: taking the garbage out! LOL!

Step. 3. GATHER.  I start to gather inspiration pieces...I put them together to create a 'moodboard'...color swatches, magazine rip-outs, typography, etc.  Yes, this is also called an 'inspiration board' & this is essentially the idea behind the widely popular Pinterest...you 'pin' your ideas & inspiration on a board to get inspired! Brilliant to have it online...i LOVE my Pinterest boards, but I also MUST have the ideas on my actual inspiration board in my studio.  


Step. 4. CREATE. This is where I actually sit down & the whole process comes together. I've got the whole collection already in my mind...this is the time to execute it & put it into actual digital art.  Between Photoshop, Illustrator, my own drawings/art/collected ephemera & vintage ephemera from Dover books & CDs or my friend, Karen's Graphics Fairy vintage art, etc....it all comes together.  

Each step is equally important & I can't jump from one to another or SKIP any step...I need to do them in this particular order...this is how I work..I'm sure other designers & artists have their own little formula, but THIS process is what I've been doing for the past 14 1/2 years...since I've been designing greeting cards & gift bags, then onto scrapbook products & now digital art...I've finally found that THIS is my favorite...I can do it on my own timeline...when I want to, when my family schedule permits...& its' always there on our site to uplift & inspire people!






2 comments:

Nerissa Alford said...

I love to see how other artists are inspired. That's inspiration in itself. Thanks for sharing! And I'm loving your spring circus line!!!

:) Nerissa

polo outlet said...

http://www.superbagsmarket.com/
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/louis-vuitton-bags-c-1.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/hermes-bags-c-2.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/prada-bags-c-3.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/chanel-bags-c-4.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/gucci-bags-c-5.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/burberry-bags-c-6.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/celine-bags-c-7.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/balenciaga-bags-c-8.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/christian-dior-bags-c-9.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/chloe-bags-c-10.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/bvlgari-bags-c-11.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/bally-bags-c-12.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/coach-bags-c-13.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/michael-kors-bags-c-14.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/mcm-bags-c-15.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/fendi-bags-c-16.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/mulberry-bags-c-17.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/marc-jacobs-bags-c-18.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/miu-miu-bags-c-19.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/ysl-bags-c-20.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/tory-burch-bags-c-21.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/givenchy-bags-c-22.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/ferragamo-bags-c-23.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/lancel-bags-c-24.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/loewe-bags-c-25.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/tods-bags-c-26.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/paul-smith-bags-c-27.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/dg-bags-c-28.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/alexander-wang-bags-c-29.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/bottega-veneta-bags-c-30.html
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/specials.html
http://www.guccishoesuk-2014.com/
http://www.polo-ralphlaurenonline.com/
http://www.michaelkors-mas.com/
http://www.thebeatsbydre.net/
http://www.northsclearance.com/
http://www.michaelkorsstates.com/
http://www.ralph-laurenhome.com/
http://www.polo-outletstore.com/
http://www.oakleysunglassesfactory.com/
http://www.canada-gooser.com/
http://www.monsterbeatsbydres.com/
http://www.michaelkors.so/
http://www.burbagssale2014.com/
http://www.salongchamppairs.com/
http://www.newcoachfactoryoutlet.com/
http://www.north-faceoutletonlines.net/
http://www.barbour-jacketsoutlet.com/
http://www.marcjacobsonsale.com/
http://www.coachxfactory.com/
http://www.moncler-jacketsoutletonline.com/
http://www.mcmworldwides.com/
http://www.woolrich-clearance.com/
http://www.superbagsmarket.com/
http://www.nike-jordanshoes.com/
http://www.moncler-clearance.com/