It’s one thing to imitate another artist. But it’s another, much deadlier thing to imitate yourself. There often comes a point in an artist’s career when they find themselves in a self-destructive loop, looking to their past work as a guide for their future. It’s called a creative rut, and not everyone makes it out alive. Earlier this year, Tony Anderson found himself in a creative rut. “A lot of my music was starting to sound homogenized,” he told us. “I’d started making songs that inadvertently sounded all the same. But I don’t think human beings, especially ones who have music flowing in them, are on earth to write the same kind of music over and over again.”
This is where I want to be :)
I Think it's a brilliant way to promote you as an artist and off-course to show off a bit.
For those who don't know dribbble you should definitely spend some time watching beautiful projects and artists.
If by any way you have a dribbble invitation, or know someone how have, please show him my portfolio!
I have to try in any way possible... why not on the blog?
Thanks and keep designing
Article by Ram Castillo October 6, 2014
We recently opened the forum for emerging designers to tweet their burning questions to Ram Castillo, career expert, senior designer and author of How to Get a Job as a Designer, Guaranteed. Tweet your questions about scoring a great design job @thegiantthinker and check back here to read his insights.
What book(s) would you recommend to jobseekers in the creative field? —@Cesardsgns
Books about problem solving, running a business, or creative execution will be the most beneficial to those seeking a creative job, because these are the three pillars that a true designer stands on. Designers must come up with “humanized” solutions to solve business problems. At certain times they must also set aside their artistic expression (to a degree) and balance the need to produce creative work with the importance of providing a service and making a living.
There are literally thousands of how-to-succeed-at-business books, so to save you the headache of an Amazon.com reader-review wormhole, I recommend the following, in no particular order:
The 4-Hour Work Week, Timothy Ferris
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
The Lean Startup, Eric Ries
The 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, John C. Maxwell
It's Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be, Paul Arden
Be, A.C. Ping (see also his follow ups Do and Faith)
(While you’re at it you might as well pick up a copy of How To Get A Job As a Designer, Guaranteed by yours truly.)
In order to become well-rounded designers, we must understand human behavior. And in order to do that, we must first understand ourselves. These books are a great starting point.
Text By Dave Benton
Nick Campbell starts every week with a tweet that says “Happy Monday.” No Garfield cartoons about staying in bed or T.G.I.F. tweets can be found in his feed. Of course, it’s easy to be pumped about the start of the week when he’s excited about what he “gets” to do eight hours a day.
Nick is the founder of Greyscalegorilla.com (GSG) a site that gives away free tutorials to people learning cinema 4D to more than 20,000 viewers a day. GSG is an active community that brings resources for training and tools to people interested in motion graphics and 3D software. While the videos are free, GSG sells digital products such as lighting kits and texture packs used to make all the work 4D artists do look even better.
As an avid, lifelong and self-motivated learner himself, Nick is practically evangelical about the benefits of passing along his knowledge. Nick has learned that by giving away everything he knows, he paradoxically becomes more essential than ever.
We caught up with Nick to get a better understanding of the motivation behind teaching, and how his passion has led him to such a successful business that satisfies both his financial and creative goals.
Written by Lewis Howes
1. Do nothing.
Literally. Nothing. Especially if you are almost always busy. Take yourself on vacation, sit at the beach or pool, and do nothing. If you can’t go on vacation, take a staycation and sequester yourself for a day or an afternoon. If your time is generally taken up by everyday projects, requirements and tasks, there isn’t much room for creative thoughts to flow because the mental space is filled up. You need to empty it.
Get a little bored, even. Just when you start getting bored and wondering why the heck you are doing this, the ideas will pour out. Do nothing until they do.
2. Write it down.
Get in the habit of taking notes. One method might be writing three pages in a journal first thing in the morning about whatever comes to mind. Throughout the day when ideas come to you -- no matter how small or insignificant they may seem in the moment -- write them down. The note app on your phone or a simple pad and pen carried in your pocket will suffice. You can even record voice notes.
Ideas will often come while you are involved in certain activities such as driving, showering, cooking, gardening. When the mind gets into a meditative state in these activities, the subconscious is able to do some freestyling. That’s where the juice is.
3. Pay attention to your dreams.
If you think your dreams are meaningless, think again. When you study your own dream patterns by keeping a journal and learning to interpret them, you may become the next Albert Einstein. The famous thinker and inventor discovered the Theory of Relativity because of a dream he had as a teenager.
Other ideas or works of art that came out of dreams include: the sewing machine, invented by Elias Howe, James Cameron’s breakout film The Terminator, Paul McCartney’s song “Yesterday,” The Periodic Table by Dmitry Mendeleyev, DNA and the double helix discovered by James Watson and Jack Nicklaus’ winning golf swing.
Seriously, people have studied and calculated that those who have a sense of humor are more creative. Listening to something funny before taking a test is proven to raise test scores. Most people think more creatively when they are relaxed. Not to mention the endorphins released while laughing. Humorous people tend to be able to think outside the box, which is necessary in problem solving and creating. Besides that, funny people are considered more valuable on the job.
You don’t need to be an artist or comedian to be creative, you just need to nurture the innovative side of yourself you may have left with your broken crayons in elementary school. Exercising the creative muscle will make it stronger and give you the edge you need to add value to your life and work.