Integrating Theory And Practice

Lecture 2, 4th October 2011

Development of Creative Thought and Structure in Illustration and Graphic Art

From this lecture, I have decided to expand upon the 2
key principles:

1 – Managing a Creative Environment
2 – Overcoming Mindsets

Managing a Creative Environment

Creativity is highly influenced by environment. A stimulating place to work allows creative people to relax, be inspired and broaden their minds.
By surrounding yourself with valued possessions and influential work, you are producing a positive atmosphere.

I have found some examples of studios / workspaces that I find particularly interesting.
Almost all of the photographs show the collections people have. I’m sure that every creative person collects certain things and uses their collection in their workspace to inspire them and aid their creativity. Collecting is a passionate activity that involves a process of appreciation, selection and classification.

NoBrow Magazine

This video takes you on a tour of the design studio

Mel Milton

Mel Milton is an illustrator/designer/animator working for Pixar, and has worked on animated films such as Monsters Inc and The Incredibles

Henry Moore
(1898 – 1986)

Henry Moore was a sculptor and artist best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures which are located around the world and are public works of art.
His creations are usuallly absractions of the human form, usuall suggestive of the female body.

This photograph shows him in his studio etching an elephant skull.

Some of the drawing outcomes :

Invisible Creature web design company:

This work space has a lot of creative energy and controlled chaos that many people find inspiring and comfortable.

Overcoming Mindsets – Relaxing Your Habital Thinking Patterns

This is a deliberate thinking strategy to free oneself from the practice of tackling everyday problems by a routine approach or habitual mode of thinking.
Habitual thinking leads to predictable results, the outcome of which will probably lack the element of surprise and be very dull and boring – nothing fresh or new.

To break your habitual thinking you can:

– Think about the rules that you would like to break and study their characteristics

– Find ways to challenge or chnge the rules by questioning – what if? why not?

– Be playful and free yourself from conventions and pre-conceptions. Avoid assumptions and ‘think outside of the box’.

Learning to break the rules demands critical awareness of prevailing attitudes by means of careful observation and enquiry into existing methodology.

Gradually assimilate experiences that differ from those which have shaped your past, over time you will develop fresh attitudes, leading in turn to new creative thinking.

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