Warning: This post, like all of mine, will likely be disjointed and scatterbrained, but will hopefully come back to a decent conclusion by the end. Now that you have been adequately warned, I would like to share my thoughts on creativity, art, and motivation. Here are some things I hold to be true in relation to creativity:
- we are all capable of awesome creations
- all of our creations aren't awesome or art
- nobody else is as capable of your creation as you are
- few, if any, of us are creating all we are capable of
1- We are all capable of awesome creations. I am constantly amazed at the cool things that people are creating. Whether it's art with traditional methods like this guy
Doing cool things nobody has done before: http://youtu.be/zlfKdbWwruY his new one: http://youtu.be/Pwe-pA6TaZk Doing cool things nobody else can do: http://youtu.be/zlfKdbWwruY http://youtu.be/az27ffuGEFc http://youtu.be/yKWoPlL2B8I http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=sIv4PHJqCnM
Or even covering someone's good song in an epic, new way: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9NF2edxy-M The guy who made this creation isn't spectacular. He doesn't have the eye that a lot of you possess to make something brilliant from a blank canvas. But he makes something masterful. http://youtu.be/U2juYr2Xjeo This guy, by his lack of ability, is forced to make careful measurements, fine tune, erase, and go off screen to likely consult a picture he either drew or made on a computer. His chalk design is nothing to write home about. In fact, I would wager that any of us could make this same design after practicing for a couple of hours a day for a week.
What IS remarkable about this guy is that he did it.
He made the picture, found a medium (chalk on asphalt) and made the video. He thought of something that tapped into our love for nostalgia and made something incredible. At the time of this writing it has just over 200,000 hits. I guarantee you this will far surpass 1 million views on youtube. Again, it's not technically special, but it is the most awesome thing I watched today. I think the proliferation of pinterest has proven that there are far more creative, artsy people than we ever thought (i assume, but I have only seen that stuff on facebook.)
2. All of our creations aren't awesome. I make stuff all the time. Most of it is utter crap. Almost all of it is mundane to me. A good deal of the stuff I experiment with will never be seen by another eye. And that's good. By not introducing my crappy stuff to the world, I don't water down the good stuff people are putting out there. If you have seen the documentary "Please Exit Through the Gift Shop", then you have seen a great example of someone figuring out how to sell worthless stuff to the masses (the subject of the movie, not the movie itself). If you haven't seen it, do. You won't be disappointed. It's really fascinating. The moral of the movie is: just because you can create and sell something, doesn't mean that you should. There are plenty of people offering substandard products, ideas, and Or are just huge wastes of our time. http://youtu.be/u2vZUsL6OOA This guy's "art" is anything but great.
But I know that only by making junk first will I ever make something beautiful. http://youtu.be/gwjlDBjNzXk http://www.ted.com/talks/rodney_mullen_pop_an_ollie_and_innovate.html
3. Nobody is as capable of your art as you are. I would even go as far as to say that nobody will even try to make your art if you don't. Nobody is going to tap into the craziness floating around your brain. Just google "our art". Only a couple of pages down is this page: http://ourartsite.com/
That girl probably has some great stuff in her head that would be great to view on this site. But she isn't making anything. Instead this blog sits there totally unused.
This site, however, shows aweseome animators and graphic artists competing in a time-trial to make awesome stuff. Nobody could make what these people do. It's only their ideas. It's so neat to watch people's creative process too. Yeah, your stuff is unique and cool. Make stuff, or nobody will.
4. Lastly, few, if any, of us are creating all we are capable of. Life happens. But that's no excuse. Make cool stuff. Today. All these links and videos will hopefully inspire you. If not, go to a library and find some books on whatever you like to make, and get inspired. Make awesome things. That's what the world needs from you. That's when you will find everything in you to help others. Because in the end, that's what art is all about. Helping others. Making people smile. Making people happy. Inspiring others. Never stop doing that. When you stop inspiring, everyone loses.
More inspiration: http://www.streetartutopia.com/