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My Creative Process by wbd My Creative Process by wbd
I've drawn tutorials and instructional pieces before, but I thought that now would be a great time to show how I think up my art. That's because the creative process is as vital as any technique.

And one day, I'll actually develop one.

Art Notes:

If you are an artist, writer or other type of creative person-in-your-free-time, perhaps you have experienced this before. I like that my job pays for my bills, but I don't like how little energy I have left over to be creative. I got home today and I didn't want to do anything beyond stare at my browser- not even enough energy/willpower to play a game. Fortunately, I worked up enough steam to do my art practice and then after a blank moment drew this.

Next up is Tomorrow, somehow.
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ultimatede Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012
God I feel like this happens with any work I have whatsoever. Great comic!
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wbd Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! It helped me to draw that up- it cleared up the situation in my mind.
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Daywalkerrl Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
jajajaja
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Things will get better, hopefully.
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mayorlight Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist
You hit it square on the nose, dude. XD
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I need to figure out how to get past it, because unless I win the lottery or something things aren't going to change any time soon.
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sqeakii00 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, i love this, so true.
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I felt a bit better after drawing it.
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
It's amazing how much of myself I see in this.

I'm grateful that I have a job that enables me to live relatively comfortably, but my problem is my job isn't hard at all, it's just emotionally draining and doesn't make me have to think at all. Thus, all I ever do is come up with ideas, day in and day out. So as you know, I end up with a much different problem: not being able to decide what to act on, and thus going to bed (and sitting up in the middle of the night like you) with my mind a raging storm.

Aside from my whining, this is really well done. I enjoyed the expressions.
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I seem to have different problems with creativity depending on many factors. On Monday, my problem was that I was drawing a complete blank. Even ideas I had written down didn't help- I couldn't visualize them at all. On other days, my problem is a lot like yours. I have all these big project ideas, and I get really motivated, but then I start thinking about how long it would take to get one done. Soon I've lost all motivation, and that big idea falls by the wayside. "It's just such a big project, how the heck can I get it done in a reasonable amount of time" I keep thinking.

I don't think you're whining at all, however. I don't think it's wrong to say what you're feeling, especially honest feelings about motivation.
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JDogindy Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That mentality does happen a lot.
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It wouldn't happen so often if I could get more sleep and have less work or something like that.
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JDogindy Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Well, of course.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, I have so many days like that. Not fun.
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's like I need a breakthrough of some sort, but I'm struggling to figure out how.
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EchoWing Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
I hear that. You just need to find the time, same as me.
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gyro5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
Try coffee with 3 tea spoons of sugar and some sweeteners. That;ll get the mind going. Caffeine or decaf is up to you.
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not really the physical aspect of tiredness that is the main problem, but rather the mental aspect- and that's one thing that a caffeine and sugar buzz can't overcome.
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gyro5 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
True. It's like me writing. I have to be in "the groove" to write. Some days, a few words as to others, entire chapters.
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ZiemosPendric Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes I know this well. :D Unfortunately :noes:
However, during a season like summer, it doesn't help when it is too warm that day either.
My formula/view point is: Energy - Inspiration - Motivation
Sometimes all three are working together some days but if one or more
is out of whack then the creative process is derailed. :surrender:
Except the sleep part. I'm out like being hit in the head with a rubber hammer.
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Ah yes, I heard that your region has had a lot of hot weather lately. Up here it has been unseasonably cold. Yeah, too much hot weather makes creativity difficult, too. My big challenge is working up enough energy, especially when I feel so tired- emotionally and physically- from work.
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Zantetsuken15 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Student General Artist
I know exactly how you feel I mean, when I don't have any ideas or I'm stuck. I really got to think outside the box and just go for it.

but yes. I hate going through with that?! it irritates me and I hate it when I can't come up with something. If I have to brain storm something or do something that involves trail and error its better than me doing nothing!
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think the big thing for me is that being tired seems to block out any good ideas I had. I hate when I get so tired that I can't really remember the ideas properly. I can write them down, but that doesn't solve the visualization issue- which is the core to making a good creative work.
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Zantetsuken15 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Student General Artist
how about you audio record your thoughts? if you have some way to record your voice about your ideas I think it can be a great idea to keep. I hate it when I can't remember or when I have an idea and then it suddenly disappears.

but try to see if that works if not I'll try to give you more ides.
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wbd Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
The thing is that writing them down or speaking them or any method of the sort doesn't solve my visualization problem. It's not that I forget them when I write them down, it's that I can't work up enough motivation when I'm tired to do the all-important visualization. The only solution is for me to develop coping mechanisms that can compensate, and hopefully also get more rest.
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Zantetsuken15 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010  Student General Artist
Try sleeping more maybe drinking some 5 hour energy !? and try to draw it out when you have the energy and time.

as a matter of fact I don't know what to say I mean, I like to help you out somehow but I think you can try to test out the visuals and make a rough draft and think if it suits you if not back to the brainstorming and rough drafts again.
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wbd Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Unfortunately, I can't sleep more unless I somehow create extra hours in the day. Energy drinks are something I'd like to avoid for now.

I appreciate your help, but I think this is something I'll have to work out on my own.
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Zantetsuken15 Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2010  Student General Artist
well I understand man, just hang in there. try to get more sleep alright man.
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WolfsMuscleGirls Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the artist - worker life.... same like me
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's all so frustratingly familiar, isn't it?
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WolfsMuscleGirls Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yes a lot!
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Same over at my spot, friend.

I totally know what you're going through.
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I think part of it is me having the wrong attitude, but part of it is the environment itself. I just have to figure out how to get around that.
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Lionheartcartoon Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
Motivation is something that can either be easy to channel or hard to find. It switches from project to project but there are so many ways to interpret that. Both scientific and spiritual.

I'm not exactly a 'spirit' man myself, however there are times I have an idea, I write it down and when it matures 'somehow', one day all the pieces that got thought up suddently fit. Or are made to fit.

It's quite weird. I call that 'the feel'. 'The feel' is when even if I have no energy I still manage to work on that little something. Because I feel like it. Sometime I want to do something but 'The Feel' is not there.
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DrNobody18 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Replace work with college, and draw with write, and this is pretty much me. Nice to know I'm not alone. ^_^
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
That's the only comforting thing as far as I can tell. I'm not the only one and all.
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Rosencruez Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
Just replace work with university, throw in some homework/assignments/studying/whatnot, and that's me.

Btw, nice haircut. xD
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's a sort of universal experience for creative people.

As for my real haircut, it's a lot neater- had to mess things up to fit the theme!
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Battosai16 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Student General Artist
I know how you feel man.
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wbd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's not funtimes, that's for sure.
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Battosai16 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Student General Artist
Don't I know it.
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Skylinne Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010
lol, no words can explain how i loved it! it's perfect! x]
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! At least it gave me something to draw.
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AF1987 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2010  Student Digital Artist
I hate Artist's Block. And whenever I get that and not draw anything, I feel very unaccomplished.
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:iconwbd:
wbd Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's hard to get past. At least if I keep practicing I can hold up a bit.
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