A Creative’s toolbox, Part 1

A creative’s tool box:

Item A: notebook

Guillermo Del Toro calls them “idea incubators.” Fill it with inspiration. Draw from and study the past. Study yourself. Study the things and people that shape you. Draw the heart in the jar on the shelf of your biology classroom. Describe the bum in his threadbare suit washing his feet at the spiget outside the Chinese restaurant. Immerse yourself in artists who came before you who inspire you. Draw what they’ve already drawn. Copy their style. Inhabit it.

Practice taking the complex and making it simple.

Be messy.

Look back at your sketchbooks ten years later for inspiration and messages from your younger self. That young guy knows you.

“We tell stories because we have a hollow place in our heart.” —Guillermo Del Toro

Put the idea on paper. “Putting it on paper lets you start fixing it. If it stays in your head, a perfect idea, you’ll never share it with anyone.” — Emma Coats

Practice finishing, letting go of something even though it’s not perfect. You’ll do better next time.


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