Finally, some Work Space!

Some aspects of the creative process seem inconsequential or not deemed necessary since the truly creative are willing to produce work no matter the circumstances, but there is one underlying theme between all overwhelmingly successful people : they had a place to work and turn their inspiration and perspiration into progress. Continue reading

Other Creative Outlets

We commonly think of the artist as one who devoted to his or her art. The creativity that flows is channeled into this stream of physical manifestation of their choosing. If you’re a writer, you catch the out-pour of your creative juices in a journal or a manuscript. If you’re an painter, your oils and acrylics are the medium of your soul. I think it’s very underestimating to assume this, yet, I can’t help but to feel that artists are always the least understood and most overlooked of all professions. The stereotypes live on and on and on. Continue reading

Feeling Inspired

Like I said in my last post, this blog is going to be a place where you get to know me and how I do what I do. If you already know me fairly well, you’d know that I actually worn out the original Star Wars VHS tape from watching it hundreds of times as a kid. One of my favorite toys as a kid was the Imperial AT-AT walker, which I saw in Toys ‘R Us the other day when getting my daughter’s new toy kitchen. I like science fiction and it inspires me creatively. I would not be able to count how many sketchbooks I have compiled throughout my youth of starships, weapons, aliens and other fantastical things that are Lucas inspired.

No surprise that I would be a big fan of the original StarCraft real time strategy computer game and it is no bigger surprise that I recently purchased the sequel that debuted a few weeks ago. Playing as the Terrans (which are the human race to the laypeople), I rip into the campaign, following the intriguing storyline that unfolds after every successful mission. The detailed artwork of each unit, the cinematic cutscenes and the wild “science” used in the plot really gets me motivated to do my own science fiction story, graphic novel, etc.

And yes, I do have a project that is started already. Years ago, I wrote part of a book (hundred or so pages) and drew some concept art for a novel that I was going to write that would be considered in the science fiction genre. I put it down after a year or so of eeking out a few pages every-once-in-a-while. Yet, I was never fully able to get the ideas and story out of my head. It’s as if I’m always toiling with this plot, rolling it around in my mind to play all the scenes and have it come to a epic conclusion. Now, I’ve considered moving the entire idea out of a straight prose novel into a graphic novel, utilizing my illustrating ability and make it a more visual experience. After all, isn’t that what George Lucas taught us, that a mediocre story can be better if we throw more visuals at the audience? Kidding. Not about Lucas though.

Well, I’d have at least a dozen excuses why I wouldn’t continue the project and at least a dozen more for why I haven’t finished it yet, but one thing seems to be constant : that my poor, single track mind won’t rest until it is done.

Open question for anyone who may stumble upon reading this post would be : What really gets your creative juices going for a self-project? Not only limited to visual arts, but to music, dance, hell, even wood whittling. Does seeing a bare tree stripped of its bark really get your knife going? What will it be, folks? I’m sure that I’m not the only laser-brain out there.