Getting a project off the ground when you've never done it before isn't an easy thing to do. I've been freelancing for the last 3 years, primarily writing erotic short stories and novels. A lot of times, it can be easy to dream up an idea -- but I've found it takes a certain decisive process in order to actually get that idea in motion.
Here's a quick list of things that help me bring a project to life:
- Leadership: Creative professionals often have a lot of flexibility with how execute their projects. As a creator, your job is to execute the project.
Whether or not you dictate that goal, is another issue entirely.
- Parameters. Every project I work on has a specific end, and a ship date. Set those two parameters, and then work backward from that point.
- Outlines: Outlines are for delineating specific objectives. You should see this as the skeleton and musculature of your project.
An Outline is not an Inspired Idea.
The outline's purpose is to clarify how that idea will be brought to life.
- Fun Shit: AKA: "The Muse". Characters are alive, and the imagination runs wild if you'll let it. Fortunately, we've just spent the last 3 bullet points creating borders for that awe inspiring Daemon that thrives in your sub-conscious.
Time to play Show and Tell.
- Corrective Measures: Fun shit is almost always too fun, and the Daemon doesn't really respect barriers. This means, that you need to pull back every so often, and revisit your outline.
General movement should look like this:
A. Have fun while within the creative process.
B. Correct course while pulled out of the creative process.
C. Then, Try to have fun while fulfilling the course you've set out for yourself in your moment of wider perspective.
The combination of these efforts will help you get well on your way, into actually creating the project you thought would be cool -- or the project you promised your client 8 days ago.
You will also have a map, and an intention, which will help you not to get lost in the middle of your journey.
Today's sketch is a photo study. You can watch the video below. I would go so far as to say that the approaches discussed above apply to the creation process of this painting, but I'll leave that for you to decide.
The original music for this video was created by a friend of mine named ᙠɿiɒn.