Do you ever find yourself saying, “I have no idea what to draw!”?
Are you struggling with defining your own artistic point of view?
Do you worry your work is too similar to what’s already out there?
Are you ready to find your own perspective as an artist, but need a push?
Idea Generation: Expanding Your Own Creative Repertoire & Finding Your Voice is a three-part, easy to follow video e-course designed for you!
You can take this course from anywhere in the world at your own pace! It includes pre-recorded videos, along with a written summary of video content, exercises and resources in an easily downloadable PDF.
This course is designed for aspiring, beginning or established artists who are looking for tools to further develop personal sources of inspiration and their own distinct perspective in their work. It’s for people who would like to draw influence from the world differently in order to advance their own creative style.
Through this video course, artist and illustrator Lisa Congdon will guide you through practices for generating new ideas, using inspiration, and developing a body of work around subject matter that is meaningful to you — all with the goal of creating work that is interesting, specific to you and stands out in a world filled with prolific artists.
The class has three parts:
Part One: In the first class video, Lisa covers brainstorming as a way to generate new ideas about what to paint, draw or make. You’ll focus on exploring the stuff you are already passionate about in your regular, everyday life as a basis for generating ideas for subject matter in your work. You can use brainstorming to begin to find your own distinct perspective and set your work apart. She’ll also discuss the role of research to expand your ideas even further.
Part Two: In the second video of the class, Lisa talks about getting inspired by other artists, both tips and cautions. Nearly every artist has influences, and studying and even mimicking the work of other artists is a normal and natural part of becoming an artist. However, it’s really important to take that inspiration and make it your own, in a very concerted and distinct way, before you claim it as your own or attempt to sell it. Lisa will discuss how to put boundaries around inspiration in order to move away from your influences and toward your own voice.
Part Three: The third and final class video, Lisa focuses on developing and following through with a personal creative challenge or set of challenges. The direct route to developing your own distinct voice as an artist is showing up and making/drawing/painting something at regular intervals — for a few days a week at least — even if it’s just a few minutes a day. Creative challenges are the best way to engage in this kind of disciplined practice. Lisa has done many creative challenges in the past seven years, and she credits them with not only helping her to hone her own styles of drawing and painting, but also to generate interest in her work, including paying client work and gallery shows. She will talk you through practical tips for designing and embarking on your own creative challenges.