The question authors are asked most often is, “Where do you get your ideas?” And many authors would answer that getting ideas is not a problem.
As a graphic designer, I get ideas when my eyes are open and when my eyes are shut. I see color, type, focal points, negative space, texture, shadow, line … wherever I look. At night, I dream of typefaces. Color creates meaning. Ideas are not a problem.
I recently watched MN Original, a television show about creative arts produced by the Minnesota PBS station, TPT2. They featured Brock Davis, a graphic designer, art director, and illustrator who has set himself a challenge to Make Something Creative Every Day. You can watch his segment on the MN Original website. Then visit his website to look at what he has created. He swears he doesn’t use Photoshop to create this art. His self-portrait near the bathtub drain was done with a toothpick.
How about you? Could you Make Something Creative Every Day? Where would you get your ideas?
Addendum: Here’s another way to be creative. And this fellow doesn’t whine about not having enough time. Take a look at Minas Tirith (Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien) made out of matchsticks.