That is what I advised my friend the other day when she asked me how to find an idea for a new job. Actually it works because drawing boosts creativity and gets you into a flow of creating something, an idea for example. Or it simply makes you happy that you create something by your own.
WE ASKED IRMA HOW SHE DOES IT
THE RIGHT TOOLS
Great equipment gets you started and even makes you want to try out new things.
Visit the best art supply shop near you and grab all the things, colours and tools that inspire you to get going. But sometimes a felt pen, a napkin or the back of a menu from a favorite restaurant will do the same. Just grab whatever you can put your hands on.
START A SKETCHBOOK
…. and use it as a daily drawing diary. Draw the first thing in the morning that comes to your mind or the things that inspire you, like your favorite outfit from the upcoming season, for example.
If you feel insecure at the beginning, start with a single colour, which is normally a classic black. I use blue instead of black which is more intense and looks brighter, especially during dark winter months.
BUILD UP A TOPIC
Start thinking in series and make drawings which all have something in common, for example only red sketches, or stamps or maybe your own postcard set, hand-drawn which you can use as well as seasons greetings or framed artwork.
CARRY A NOTEBOOK
Have a sketching book with you wherever you go. It should be small and have a place in your handbag like your wallet. Use it when you wait at the bus stop or while you are going through the security check at the airport and do not mind anybody staring at you. It’s cool to draw.
Surround your desk with objects that inspire you to be creative. Find them in antique shops or bring them with you from your travels.
USE OTHER SOURCES
Browse through pinterest or your favorite websites to look for drawing subjects. Subscribe to the newsletter of your favorite art gallery and museum to get informed what is going on in the arts.
BE INSPIRED BY NATURE
…and do little studies of forms and colours. Nature is the best model to work from and it calms your mind at the same time. Call it art therapy.
…about artists that you like and inspire you. When you know more about your favorite artist’s life, you understand his work and intention in a much deeper way.