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I wanted to add another little section about how you can get those creative ideas down onto paper. Obviously, the more you practice, the better you’ll be at making the idea you see in your head transfer onto paper. But here are some tips that might help:

Don’t just draw one picture. Do several sketches, and take the picture that best resembles what you see in your mind. Do these sketches quickly: don’t get hung up on detail. Jot down notes while the image is fresh. Check out this Photoshop Speed Painting of Leonardo Dicaprio from Inception. Once day I hope to be able to do stuff like this:

Most people get stuck on black & white line art/sketches, but that’s only a small part of the picture. When you get an idea for an image, be sure to stop and think about WHY that picture appeals to you. Is it your idea for composition? Is it the colours? The design? The pose? Perspective? Try to look at the picture in it’s entirety, don’t get stuck on just one aspect.

When you have those ideas, make them GROW. Start some research, look up poses/clothing/ anything that might bring you closer to your goal. There are TONS of online resources to make this possible, many for free.

Here is a short list of places/books:

:star:Websites

:bulletblack: Human Anatomy:

– Pose Maniacs: [link]
– Poser Hands: (click on the side to get the hands) [link]
– Human Anatomy Drawing: [link]

:bulletblack: Photo Reference Sites:

– CG textures: [link]
– Corbis: [link]
– Fotosearch: [link]

:bulletblack: Stock Resources:

~mjranum-stock
=SenshiStock
*Felixdeon
~ForsakeWolf
~MoonsongStock

:star:Books

Drawing/Anatomy:

:bulletblack: Animals

– The Weatherly Guide to Drawing Animals: [link]
– Animal Essence the Art: [link]
– The Art of Animal Drawing: [link]
– DragonArt: [link]

:bulletblack: Humans

– Drawing the Living Figure: [link]
– Drawing Dynamic Hands: [link]
– Anatomy for the Artist: [link]
– Dynamic Figure Drawing: [link]

:bulletblack: Landscapes/Background

– Drawing and Painting Fantasy Landscapes and Cityscapes: [link]
– Mastering Composition: [link]
– Landscape Drawing Step by Step: [link]

:bulletblack: Anime/Manga

– Let’s Draw Manga: [link]
– How To Draw Manga: [link]

Digital/Traditional Painting

– Bold Visions: A Digital Painting Bible: [link]
– Mechanika: Creating the Art of Science Fiction: [link]
– John Howe Fantasy Art Workshop: [link]
– ImageFX magazine: [link]

Color Theory

– Confident Color: [link]
– Color Theory: [link]

Those are just a few suggestions, Amazon is a GREAT place to find books (used too, if money is tight).

And as always, share your ideas! What do others think of them? And please, share with me your ideas on creativity!

Any situation can bring out unintended inspiration, so write it down when it comes! Sometimes, the HARDER you try to be creative, the less creative you are. Don’t force it, don’t rush it, just nurture it slowly. Like drawing to improve, improving your creativity takes time.

So back to the title at the beginning of this series. YES, you ARE creative. No matter what you think, if you find your artwork bland or lacking just take a step back and ask yourself why, what is it missing? I bet anything you’re more creative than you think.

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Do you ever lie in bed at night, and ideas just seem to pop into your head? More so than during the day? Especially if you’ve been drawing/writing? There is a reason for that. You have many different levels of conscious thought. Basically, right now you are thinking of things that you don’t even know you are thinking of.  Just like Music also helps release these thoughts, as mentioned in a previous post, resting the mind can draw them out as well.

Meditation: freeing your mind from thought helps those dormant creative ideas to break lose. No, meditation doesn’t mean sitting in the middle of the floor cross-legged and chanting. It just means concentrating on something you wouldn’t normally concentrate on. If you push away all the common thoughts: TV, what you have to buy at the store, work, friends, future projects, you clear your mind for thoughts that might not be as pressing. But it’s in those thoughts that you draw out past events or experiences, images or ideas that got pushed into the back of your mind that might inspire you. The way a design looks, an idea for composition.

What you need to do now is build on those thoughts. The more creative ideas you get on paper, the more your creativity will grow, making NEW ideas bloom!