The writer Jonathan Lethem has said that when people call something “Original,” nine out of ten times they just don’t know the references or the original sources involved. What a good artist understands is that nothing comes from nowhere. All creative work builds on what came before. Nothing is completely original.Kleon, A. (2012). Steal Like an Artist. Workman Publishing Company.
It’s right there in the Bible: “There is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9)
The Creative Process
1. Gather Inspiration
2. Make Thumbnails
These small, rough sketches are like a visual brainstorming session, helping me to explore various ideas and compositions quickly. Thumbnails provide a valuable opportunity to experiment with different concepts, layouts, and perspectives before committing to a final piece. Drawing thumbnails not only aids in refining my ideas but also ensures that my final artwork is well-considered, organized, and coherent, making the creative process more efficient and ultimately resulting in more polished and impactful creations.