In theory, it sounds relatively easy, fun and a way to get the creative juices flowing. Unfortunately, I've been slacking on fun an creativity the past few moths. It's easy to get sucked into the monotony of everyday life, with work and in my case school taking up very large chunks of my time. It's hard some days, after sitting in front of a computer screen all day, or after forced readings of dry material, to want to do these things for pleasure.
Lucky for me, this semester has come to an end! I've only been out of school for a couple of days, but I feel like my motivation to create is slowly coming back. I've been feeling burned out the past few months or so, maybe longer. But the spring weather and school finishing up for the semester is leaving me a bit invigorated to start completing some of the porjects I had wanted to complete at christmas break.
During my first free weekend since school ended, I picked up a book that I had been meaning to read for a long while. In November I attended Design Thinkers, a 2 day design conference that brings design rock stars from all over the world together, to share insights and their creative process. One designer, Alex Trochut recommended a book called "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon. I egarly picked it up at the conference, but hadn't had a chance to read it till recently.
It's a rather short book, but it's filled with great ideas and advice on how to find yourself as an artist, in any field, and how to foster creativity in your everyday life. The ideas in the book, from my point of view, are things that we should already be aware of, like for example working on personal projects that you are passionate about, to help relieve the monotony of work life, and keep that passion burning. It's a great reminder of these things, and also has some great tips on how to keep the passion going. It's filled with fun quotes, and I foresee will be a book I pick up again and flip through when a dose of inspiration is needed.
"The only art I'll ever study is stuff that I can steal from" - David Bowie
I read this from a designer's perspective, but I can see this applying to many fields, so don't be afraid to pick up this book if you come across it. It's definitely a great read and a great book to keep around for inspiration.
I hope to post some more book review type pieces, as I go through the back log of design/art related books in my library. It seems to be ever growing. But that's a good thing.
You should never stop learning!