How to come up with Artwork Ideas and Original Art [My Creative Process]

Hi, I’m Nick and in this video I’m going to
be showing you my creative process. I’ll be talking about what influences me the most,
where my ideas come from and why I create my art. If you are working in the
creative field, at one point or another you just aren’t going to be able to naturally
come up with an idea for a project or brief. This is when you are going to need
a process to help you develop an idea. So through showing you my process I hope I can
show you some ways to come up with an idea when you are stuck. Wait.. one
second. Let’s start with the easiest process. And
let’s get it out of the way quickly. I’m talking about the creative process where you don’t
need to think. It just naturally comes to you, you know exactly what you are doing within
seconds of reading your brief or coming up with a new project. Or you’re walking and
suddenly a magical idea hits you smack bang in the head. That’s easy. Sometimes you can’t
explain how you got that idea. It was just natural, as if the concept was lying dormant
in your subconscious. You have the idea, now you need to actually
do it. That’s the next step, and we’ll get to that later. It’s the times when you can’t think of an
idea which is important. In this situation you have a choice. You could wait. and wait.
and wait. and then wait some more for that one magical idea that comes naturally.
It’ll come eventually if you wait. But maybe by that time your deadline expired two years
ago. So watcha gonna do? You need a CREATIVE PROCESS. So what’s my creative process when I’m stuck?
First off I’ll start by saying there’s probably not a process which is going to work every
single time. It’s not like saying “If you multiply 15 by 7, then divide
it by 0.6=Artwork” NOPE. It’s going to change from time to time depending on your mood and
circumstances. But here’s a few methods that has frequently worked for me when I’m stuck
for an idea. It’s brought to you by my favourite Youtuber
and the pioneer of vlogging – ZeFrank. He says, first you need to make a list of
everything which would be obvious in regards to your possible project ideas. Everything
you think someone has already thought of before. For example, a bus has wheels, a driver,
seats and an engine. Write all that stuff down, and then forget about it. Throw it out.
If you want your project or idea to be original, then you’re going to have to think past the
obvious stuff. Sometimes in order to list everything obvious you need to research similar
ideas. For example, my style of artwork is Tribal linework. I wanted my artwork to stand
out from everyone else’s tribal linework. So I started drawing tribal versions of Pokemon.
Found out tribal versions of Pokemon weren’t such an original idea after all. Oops. Back
to the drawing board. Then I researched what types of tribal artworks are out there. I
couldn’t find anyone who was combining watercolours with tribal linework, so I made that my niche.
That’s how I found my style. In other cases you might not be able to come
up with an original idea. So find that list of obvious ideas again. Pick an obvious idea
but let’s change the lens we’re viewing it through. Let’s magnify it and focus on a little
detail that people might not realise. Let’s borrow the bus example again. Whose job is
it to design the yellow handles on a bus? Let’s zoom out and focus on the big picture
that people aren’t noticing. Why aren’t there more bus lanes in and out of the city? Let’s
change our perspective. How would a person who has grown up isolated
in the Amazon forest experience their first ride on a public bus? You don’t always need
to think right outside the box. You can also look inside the box, but change
your angle or even your dimension. Another handy creative process method is to
create a scrapbook of ideas, or sketches which you can pull out when you need an idea. Every
time you think of something in a different way, write it down. Every time you see something
cool like a pattern, character or artwork, write it down, or quickly draw it or take
a photo. Through this way you create a database of ideas. Without creating my database of
ideas, I wouldn’t have come up with this idea for an artwork. I saw an artwork by DeviantART
artist Kinko-White who painted a beautiful acorn. I added the image to my bookmarks and
when it came time to draw my next artwork, I thought of it as a reference. It’s going to take some hard work to make
a list of these things. You have to find ways to motivate yourself if it doesn’t come naturally.
Otherwise you’re just going to end up procrastinating and justifying your procrastination
to yourself. For instance, this video is a bit difficult to create.
Making this video wasn’t coming naturally… at first. I had to motivate myself into making
it. So what am I doing to make it easier on myself to make? I’m paying attention to the small details
which effect how well I work and focus. If my workspace isn’t well lit I don’t work well.
I listen to Chillstep and long house music mixes so I feel relaxed and don’t find myself
wasting time changing the music all the time. I clean my room before I start work so I don’t
get distracted cleaning it. I drink peppermint tea because it seems to trigger
me to work hard. I incorporate little references and my own interests in the project I’m working
in so it’s more fun to make – like in this video I added in random transportation and
clips of me shooting my bow and working on my car. It’s all about noticing what triggers
your creative mood and how to maintain it. That’s how you turn your un-naturally thought
up idea into a project where you can work as if it was a natural idea you really want
to do. Take notice of your environment the next time you feel like you’re in your creative
zone and replicate it when your stuck. I guarantee it’s going to have a positive effect. Finding people who influence you is also important.
Try to find lot’s of people who create things you love. Surround yourself with creative
people and the creative community. Being involved in that community exposes you to so many new
styles, techniques and ways of creating things. Looking at other people’s work is a really
quick process of bouncing ideas and styles off each other. You will
find lot’s of elements and aspects from other people’s work which can influence your artwork.
These elements and aspects you like from other creative works can be useful when you need
to create something you don’t instantly have an idea for. You might think that it’s bad to try to replicate
aspects of other peoples work in your own. But you aren’t going to end up completely
copying their work. Sub-consciously you are going to end up applying your own ideas, strengths
and weaknesses to those aspects which will make it your own style. For example, I started
drawing scribbles and zig zags on paper, then I saw tribal
artworks on DeviantART, I started drawing my own versions of them, saw a tribal pokemon
on DeviantART, started drawing my own pokemon, saw a tribal artwork with colour, I started
using coloured textas in my tribals, then I saw lots of watercolour pieces which influenced
me enough to try and combine tribal art and watercolour together. Each time I “copied”
a new technique I ended up automatically modifying it to my own strengths
which made it my own style. So who are my influences? In terms of artworks,
I have so many influences I could not name them all. In every artwork I like there’s
always an aspect which I can look at and want to incorporate into my own work. This could
be the way they use ink, the way they splatter their watercolours or the types of things
they draw. Before each artwork I create I look at google images and search for things
similar to what I want to create. There’s bound to be images which are going to help
you see what you like and what you don’t like to put in your piece. This can be really helpful
when you don’t know exactly what you are going to make. Find new styles and techniques to
try and make – even if you think it’s past your abilities. Push past your creative comfort
zone to progress your skills. That just about brings it to the end of how
my creative process works and what I do when I’m stuck for ideas. To finish off the video,
here’s a narration of one of my best artworks from start to finish. The katana is influenced
by an artwork from DeviantART users “SilverFists” and watercolour artist “AgentPummel”. Here it
is: I hope this video helps you out just a little
bit when you’re stuck for ideas! So what’s your creative process and who are your influences?

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