The Steps Involved in My Creative Process
As I am home today actually making progress on my current freelance illustration project I have noticed that my creative process has several distinct steps.
1: Check Email, after all the client might have sent me important information that changes the nature of the work.
2: Update Blog, well, since I have the computer up and running I can just check my stats real quick.
3: Lolcats… I need to be in a good mood to work afterall
4: Mise en place, have to get my workspace all set up after all…
5: Sit and stare at notes and blank paper.
6: Breakfast, I need energy, if I’m hungry I can’t concentrate.
7: Sit and stare at notes and blank paper.
8: Coffee/tea/other, how can I work without coffee?
9:Pacing back and forth in my bathrobe.
10:Sit and stare at notes and blank paper.
11: Pick out “Just the right music to inspire me…”
12:Lightly draw some stuff on the page in “blue line” , maybe start really drawing, I don’t know.
13:Stand outside drinking my coffee.
14: Check all the dumpsters in my complex in the hopes that someone threw out a nice office chair since my children/animals /fat ass have destroyed another one.
15:Sit and stare at notes and blank paper.
16:Inexplicably feel compelled to put on a funny hat.
17:Sit and stare at notes and blank paper.
18: No wonder I’m not getting anything done this hat is distracting me.
19:Actually get some work done.
20:Check email, something might have happened regarding the project.
21:Might as well check my blog.
22: Blog about doing an illustration project.
23:Sit and stare at notes and blank paper.
25:Crave a cigarette even though I don’t smoke.
26:Suddenly find some chores compelling; “after all who can work in this mess?”
27:Actually draw something.
28:Reward myself with a snack.
29: Resume pacing since there is nothing to eat in the house.
30: Sit and stare at notes and blank paper.
31: Eat something of questionable vintage from the refridgerator.
32: Get a touch more drawing done.
Repeat until project is finished or deadline is missed.
And there you have it a peek into the pysche of a freelance illustrator, I hope it was informative.