The Scientific Method for Artists: Find Inspiration, Get Motivated and Grow your Creative Skills | Kendyll Hillegas | Skillshare

The Scientific Method for Artists: Find Inspiration, Get Motivated and Grow your Creative Skills

Kendyll Hillegas, Artist & Illustrator

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7 Lessons (47m)
    • 1. Intro

      3:52
    • 2. Phase One - Observe Your Surroundings

      7:56
    • 3. Phase Two - Discover Your Inspiration

      6:59
    • 4. Phase Three - Form Your Hypothesis

      8:56
    • 5. Phase Four - Build Your Prototype

      11:53
    • 6. Skill-based Goals

      2:48
    • 7. Next Steps

      4:58
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About This Class

Inspiration is absolutely crucial in art making (especially for beginners), but finding what truly inspires and motivates you isn’t always easy or intuitive. Some creative-types have a natural sense of direction and inspiration from the start, some have to figure it out as they go. 

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If you’re the second type, you might struggle with:

  • UNCERTAINTY — feeling a strong creative impulse, but not knowing what to do with it or where to start
  • FRUSTRATION — experimenting regularly, but always feeling disappointed and frustrated with the outcome
  • DE-MOTIVATION — struggling with motivation and frequently leaving projects unfinished; Frequently experiencing “art block”
  • LACK OF SKILL — try to draw, but feel frustrated and unhappy with what you make; skill level doesn’t match idea level

Sound familiar?

If so, these feelings are normal, and do not mean that you should stop trying to make art! You just need to find out what truly inspires and motivates you.

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So, in this class we’ll talk through a 4 phase process for exploring and discerning artistic direction, and unearthing your deep inspirations. We’ll approach the problem like scientists and break it down step by step:

  1. Observe our unique surroundings and constraints
  2. Gather data to find out what motivates us
  3. Test our hypothesis 
  4. Make a prototype creative project 

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Eventually you’ll discover what deeply motivates you, and plan out a creative project based on that inspiration.

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Editing by Meg Potter: https://www.instagram.com/megankatepotter/ | Thank you, Meg!!