Friday, 7 September 2012

INSPIRATION:

When asked to do another piece for Another Escape #3 I jumped at the chance, particularly elated to have been asked to direct as well as illustrate my own article. I chose a subject matter that I have held close to my chest throughout my development as a creative type; the relationship between inspiration and creative drive. Often described as a moment of illumination, inspiration tends to be seen as a gift or a blessing, but in this article I wanted to bring back the individual's ownership over their ideas and incite the possibilities of making your own inspiration, or working without it and seeing what happens.
A quote that particularly resonated with me on this issue came from the letters of Tchaikovsky;

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We must always work, and a self-respecting artist must not fold his hands on the pretext that he is not in the mood. If we wait for the mood, without endeavouring to meet it half-way, we easily become indolent and apathetic. We must be patient and believe that inspiration will come to those who can master their disinclination.”
 

I kept a bright 3-colour palette for the accompanying illustrations; something a bit new for me but that I really enjoyed as it helped define the images as a solid set, securing yellow as an effective highlight throughout. There were lots of bits and pieces generated around the idea of trial, error and perseverance which in themselves are quite a nice consequence of playful and explorative visual approaches to developing ideas.


One example is this guy's additional legs (that he never received). To me they just look way cool walking about on their own.

The full article will be available in the soon-to-be-released Another Escape Issue 3.
And I'd bet it's going to be the best yet.

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