Why it’s Important to Stay Inspired
Finding inspiration and staying inspired is important to do as an artist. Sometimes we find ourselves creatively blocked because we’ve been working in a silo. We forget to go out, collect inspiration and experience life. I know I’ve been guilty of it. But how do you find inspiration when there are so many things to do in a day? And how do you know where to look for inspiration?
Where to Find Inspiration
With a multitude of photos, videos, and more at our fingertips many artists look to the internet for inspiration. I know I’m often inspired by things I find on the internet. However, there is a world outside of our studios waiting for us calling to us to go and be inspired. In fact, while writing this I’m at my local Subaru dealership having my car serviced and I had a great conversation with a quirky woman earlier. Having a conversation with a random person while running an errand can be an inspiration for a characters personality or design.
The same goes for lighting and moment choices. Look for memorable people and things in your surroundings. Those are the things that will make your art unique and memorable. People often have mannerisms that make them stand out. Rooms often have objects or colors that make them feel familiar. Lighting is something that can create a mood or feeling that will communicate or connect with viewers. In short, everywhere you go can be inspiring if you open your mind up to it. You can find inspiration on a hiking trail, the beach, the freeway, or the grocery store.
How to Channel Inspiration into your Work
The main thing you want to do when drawing from inspiration is to capture elements that are memorable and familiar to people.
What exactly does that mean though? How do you determine what is memorable? I’ll echo what I said early, it’s something that stands out. Something unforgettable. Something familiar that other people will take note of and resonate with.
That being said, not everyone connects with the same things. That’s where knowing your audience comes in. When you make the art that you want to see and draw inspiration from the things that inspire you the people that enjoy those same things will connect with your artwork.
For example, if you like drawing kaiju monsters inspired by your love of the early Godzilla films there’s an audience for that. Say you’re into something obscure like 70’s–80’s Italian horror films, there’s an audience of people that will resonate with art inspired by that too.
What inspires you?