Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Creative musings/ramblings/drivel!?!

The recommendation I've always heard with blogs is to update them regularly, either daily or weekly. At least that's what you're supposed to do to build an audience and keep them engaged. However with a full time job and a gorgeous family to look after I just don't always get the opportunity. Monthly seems to be about the most regular I'm going to get.

And when I look back on the last month it's quite revealing how much I have actually done with the few hours a week I get to channel my creative juices! I'd love to be able to give up work and design paper toys to pay the bills, and it's the ultimate aim of doing this. But at the moment I can't. Yet this brings with it certain opportunities rather than problems. I have to be more selective and disciplined as to what I focus on. I have to set myself goals and adjust them according to the limited time I have. Having more time to think about what I want to create means I have to push back against other ideas that pop up and scream, "Pick me! Pick me!" It can get pretty frustrating having so many creative ideas bouncing around in my brain with so little time to turn them into reality.

Anyway lets have some pictures. I had the realisation the other day that I'm 36 years old, 6 foot 2", 18 stone and I've been making paper fairies for the past 18 months!!! Sounds a bit weird doesn't it? I suppose I've done footy players and pirates too. But for my next bunch of designs I need to "man up" and let the testosterone pour out! Let's make some monsters!!!

A triple horned, demonic bunny!?!

 Chunky the death cat, needs more work.

And some colour sketches of a zombie family.

This is what I mean by an abundance of ideas, but not having the time to execute them as fully as I'd like. And on top of exploring different themes I debate whether to change the style of my Box Eds, do I go with single sided or double sided designs, is the template accurate and on and on and on! I'm realising that these things aren't worth getting stressed and anxious about, they are opportunities and they show me how many options and directions I can explore.

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