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PE: 9 tips to be more creative

Sat Apr 6, 2013, 10:26 AM


Creativity isn't just an artist's concern. Creativity is about using your imagination in every endeavor. Believe it or not, you are a creative person already. However, these tips might inspire you to get the best of what you already have.

1. GET OUTSIDE
 
This comes as a very first tip for a reason. Whether it's outside your house or outside your mind, changing your perspective will help the ideas flow.

2. DRINK ENOUGH WATER

Your brain functions much better when well-hydrated. Symptoms of mild dehydration include tiredness, headache, muscle weakness, and dizziness - these are certainly not going to help you to think straight.

3. EXERCISE

Exercise produces endorphins that might as well be responsible for your next brilliant idea.

4. DAYDREAM

Dreaming is very important, inside a dream nothing is impossible. Use that to your advantage.

5. STOP WATCHING TELEVISION

Or better yet, get rid of the damn thing. TV is a mind-killer. Turn it off. Even if this idea scares you, turn it off.

6. WRITE WITH PEN & PAPER

Keep a journal. Typing on a keypad into a computer doesn’t always open up that tactile sense-loving part of us that loves to create.

7. WALK IN THE RAIN

This one is particularly helpful to me. Hard to explain, get out there and feel it.

8. GET UP EARLY AND WATCH THE SUNRISE

Do it. Quietly.

9. VISIT A GALLERY

See another artist’s creation. Live, not through your screen.




Do you have your own specific ways to keep you more creative?


Please share your thoughts in the comments below :heart:

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kruziikrel Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have noticed the sunrise is inspiring. That is, if I'm awake that early! ^^'
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ArtByCher Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014   Traditional Artist
Music can be a motivator for me. 
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Rick-TinyWorlds Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2014   Photographer
10. Take a shower
11. You're more creative when you're tired, because you judge yourself less harsh
12. Dimmed lightening makes you feel more comfortable, thus helps to think more freely
13. Take 2 objects and try to build a connection between them
14. You never now what a "bad" idea will lead to. Don't filter in the brainstorming phase.

and an addition to 1.:
A (purposeless) walk on your own is great to follow your thoughts.
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Windklang Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I get creative waves, whenever I get passionate about something. So if I manage to do or learn something I really love, I get very creative - and sometimes productive :)
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SoraLove Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you! These are helpful!! :heart:
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Mothedri Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Read! 

Visit new places (even in your own city:))
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meshchaninov-vadim Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
<font><font>All very interesting!</font></font>
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Missvirginia Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014
Another tip for being creative for me is to read everything. Even things I don't think I'll be interested in, if its there, read it. You tend to pick up some neat ideas if not learn something. :nod:
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serel Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Good tip, and so very true.
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The-Lost-Hope Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Neat tips. 
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Clamdiggy Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
"However these tips MIGHT inspire you to get the best of what you already have".  I see some people disagreeing with some of the tips.  I think the whole point of the journal is to find things that inspire you emotionally, keep your mind in shape, and keeping your mind active in other creativity-inspiring ways to divert yourself from artist block.  It is about finding activities that help your creative juices flow, without obsessing over the task at hand: your art.  Anxiety over working on art can, in effect, lead to artist block.  Everyone is different, and that is a GOOD thing.  Nice journal with an important meaning.  Thanks!
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Dark-Lioncourt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Professional
Lovey ideas :heart:
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Riemea Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Nice article! :)

Music. Lots of it, and different kinds of it. Playing on my instruments as well as listening to music are a huge source of inspiration for me. :)
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Penis-Jam Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Does staying up late and watching the sunrise work just as well? :lmao:
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rabbitmaskedman Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This list has always bothered me, and now I realize 7-9 are garbage.


"7. WALK IN THE RAIN

This one is particularly helpful to me. Hard to explain, get out there and feel it."

How does getting wet make you more creative? 


"8. GET UP EARLY AND WATCH THE SUNRISE

Do it. Quietly."

why? what does that do? 

"9. VISIT A GALLERY

See another artist’s creation. Live, not through your screen. "

Because digital art can never be inspiring or creative, amiright? God, this list is techno-phobic as fuck.
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MelikeBAt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I agree with you... Actually it is about quitting living in the virtual land of digital, behind the screens, whether it is a tv or computer.
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WandererAtHeart Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2013
I don't walk in the rain often, but I do have to say the shower is where I'm most creative, and while it lacks the open outdoors, I feel like just the flowing water helps the mind ...well... flow!
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Totally agree about the TV thing :no:
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japanxcanadaforever Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Omg! This is gonna help with my writer's block. Thank you!
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issabissabel Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2013  Student General Artist
4 and 5 I'm already good at :'D

I hate watching tv with commercials and all that unnecessary bullshit, but watching a show now and then (streaming, so there won't be any interruptions) is a good way to chill when you take an artistic break.

8. In the Winter there is no sun, and in the summer the sun rises between 1 and 3 AM >_> I've seen so many sunrises when I stay up at night to draw.
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finn2012 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I get most of my artistic ideas from TV, Movies, Games, etc. I gotta disagree with #5.
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Furrymind13 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow! I never knew exercising helped! I could use this...
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Postaff Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I usually try to remember the dreams I had last night and write it down somewhere. Then I try to draw it. But it doesnt turn out the way I expected :]
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animelovea Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student Writer
Something that usually works for me is staying back and staying low. Staying in my room, messing with my pencil, not even CONSIDERING checking my deviantART, email, texts, anything related to electronics, with the exception of music.

Reading journals, looking at some new artwork from your favorite artist, and talking to your friends is a waste of words, thoughts, and time that could easily be used for new story ideas.
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Jujain Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Student General Artist
There is something thrilling and absolutely inspiring about walking out in the rain. <3
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preussensunflowers Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Take a blank sheet of paper and a bunch of paints, then daydream for maybe 10 minutes and if possible paint a scene from whatever was on your mind.

I did that with a game board for a game re-make Hobbit themed project. Everyone in class thought mine was most artistic, but I was just painting what I saw in my imagination. Seriously, use your imagination to create something totally knew. It helps a lot with picking out subjects for art
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WesternWolfWarrior Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Great list! Though, watching TV actually helps me a lot in the creative process. Watching "behind the scenes" and "making ofs", and even just watching animated films is the best way for me to get creative since I do animation and plan on going into film-making. :)
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splitpea202 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist
I like to turn on some calming music and walk around in my room. Let's the story and inspiration flow. Though it kinda gets out of hand when I get to a really exciting part in my head and accidentally start walking faster and slide into the wall. Ow.
Or I clean/organize my room. I don't know, just moving stuff helps me think...
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ChiyoMiya Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
thing with TV is hard for me ... not because TV shows or series or News .. But I love documentary films and series - like about space or nature... I find so much inspiration in this and when I watch it I am like a big kid... It is so fascinating .... Is even this bad..?
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this articles refers more to stuff like "'X' drinks her own urine to lose weight" news  and that sort of TV shows. Watching documentaries or even some series/movies are actually great. The problem is that TV usually has the worst kind of shows, at least in my country. That's why I prefer to go to the movies or watch something by internet, so that I can choose what I watch.
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LiamLockheart Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, of course not! The "turn iff te TV" idea isnt right for wveryone. Tv and Films can be incredibly artistically inspiring, don't worry if someone else says you shouldn't bother with it. All that matters is that it inspires you.
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ChiyoMiya Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:) :D
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 26, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
It depends, documentaries are great to watch, that certainly isn't the kind of "brainwashing" I had in mind, but you should be able to read the signals within yourself as to what distracts you from thinking clearly :)
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ChiyoMiya Featured By Owner May 28, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Uff... That is why I do not watch regular TV.. first - 9 out of 10 there is nothing that seem interesting enough to watch :D News ( depresing and I do not care about celebrities) and those stupid TV series, but because of Gilmore Girls I discovered good books or old films and musicals and my love for them...
But I just discovered my passion for documentyry films and series because of a new channel - I am driving my mum crazy she does not like then and know I showed to my sister and she loves the ones about dinosaurs :D .. hmm now I feel like a crazy nerd or something :D
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Colorful--Melody Featured By Owner May 14, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
totally agreeing about television :>
i never watch TV unless i go to dentist and watch it while operation. or watch anime on internet but im very picky with anime iwatch so i dont spend time looking at movies and stuff.
also looking at other artists' work live is pretty inspiring.
looking at the finished product of course but looking at them working on it teaches you the techniques so its pretty helpful.

thanks for the wonderful article!
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ItsCursorBby Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I definitely agree with the daydreaming one. A good portion of my day is spent daydreaming, and it sure helps (it's how I come up with my characters!). It's also a great stress reliever.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
True that, thank you for reading :heart:
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xiaolin-kirby-fan Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
Write down all of your most far-fetched ideas- come back to them years later when you have the skills and knowledge to achieve them!
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MauraGreen Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2013  Hobbyist
NIce. For me it's the more I do somethiong creative, the more ideas I get.
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rosebfischer Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Interesting tips, thanks for sharing. Oddly, I had a similar post planned for my blog, though in some cases the tips were quite different.
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eiscir Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
My shot at depicting the nine tips. [link]
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
That is wonderful!
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AnnaGladue Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Writer
Oh, I should point out the internet does inspire me. I wish there was an edit button, so I wouldn't have to spam. :(
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AnnaGladue Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Writer
TV has helped me when my brain gets stuck. LOTR, Charmed, even commercials have inspired me. I can't say how many times a line someone says or a room has made my mind somersault into a story, and I had to stop watching to write.

Watching TV is no different than reading a book. At least, it isn't to me. :shrug: The internet. Now there's a culprit that stops me from writing.
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ItsCursorBby Featured By Owner May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Agreed. Naruto, Soul Eater, Death Note, etc. and Doctor Who have given me great ideas. Just hearing Silly!Tobi's voice gave me all sorts of ideas!
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mandy1297 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
wow :0
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brain-tree Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013   General Artist
Being healthy is a huge part of making art. Neglect your body and you neglect your source of creativity.
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I couldn't agree more, thank you (:
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MidNightMagnificent Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YES to Number 6!!!

While the computer has certainly made life and communication in general faster, it sure as Hell is killing creativity!

(Must be nice for teachers to no longer have to squint or use magnifying glasses just to read students' minute handwriting though. I went through that horrible phrase once. Incredibly stupid of me, now that I think about it.)
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jane-beata Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
When it comes to media, it's not as bad as it sounds like, what's the real killer is its overuse. It's important to keep a switch and use it from time to time, knowing how to spend time alternatively.

Thanks for reading and your comment (:
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