100 Days of Creativity

100 Days of Creativity - student project

Creativity Blast has been a daily practice that I have built into a creative habit.

 

Background

I wanted to develop structure into my creative practice and do a little project each day. So I set out to find the best way for me to strengthen my creative muscles that I could work into my daily routine.

I Narrowed down my creative pursuits into their simples forms and created exercises that would help develop key creative foundations such as: Finding connections, overcoming fatigue, problem solving, building up my visual library and using my imagination. For this class class I gave them each a name: 

 

The Timer

Before using a timer I felt compelled to sketch to perfection. It had to be "good". And because of this, I spent longer doing my practice, was disappointed when it wasn't up to my standard and found it was too hard to maintain a consistent practice. So my creative practice was never sustainable. 

I decided that I would only do my practice for only 10 minutes, so I bought a timer. After getting the timer I felt free to just sketch and challenge myself but also I had no shame in the result, I was happy that I was able to complete my session.  The timer gave me a sense of freedom to just go with the flow and let go of any pressure for perfection. 

 

The Practice

I've firmly established this creative practice into my daily routine. After I wake up in the morning, I brush my teeth, drink a glass of water, flip my hour glass and meditate for 8 minutes. After the hour glass runs down that is a prompt I use to set my Time Timer to 10 minutes, I grab my sketch book and pen and start one of the creative exercises. 

The variety of exercises allows this practice to not become boring and repetitive, if I don't feel like doing one, I have 4 other options. Usually if I'm just not feeling creative I just pick a reference image and do a quick reference blast. 

Here are 100 "BLASTS" that I have done over the last 3 months.  

(they are in categories but not necessarily done in succession)

Word Blast

 

Shape Blast

 

Reference Blast

 

Sketch Blast

 

Creativity Blast

 

 

I'm not perfect and there are days that I don't end up doing my practice but the fact that I've established this Habit association allows me to start my routine up again with out too much effort.  

 

I'm thankful that I can share my personal creative process with you, I hope that you develop your own practice and that some of my experiences and tips may help you on your journey! 

 

Wishing you all the best on your creative journey, 

 

Kyle

Graphic Designer and Illustrator

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