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Do you have a process for conceiving of ideas or do they happen spontaneously through your own interaction with your art or someone else’s injection into the process?
A creation doesn’t come out of whole cloth but develops in a sort of logical way out of previous work – none of these books or paintings would come into being without the earlier works. Many artist’s work evolves in this way…. you go through the processes, pay your dues – you graduate into ideas. Creativity doesn’t always come on demand – often ideas happen and problems are solved after you have been thinking about or playing with concepts for some time. Ideas don’t just pop into your mind without being nurtured along the way in other ways, consciously or not.
It is in a way the culmination, a pulling together, of other ideas explored in one’s work… a progression. Each creation builds upon the ones that have gone before. The aha!!, the idea, is almost an end, as well as a beginning.
What is your process for working? Do you use scrap? or is it all out of your head?
For books, apps, magazine covers, or paintings, I usually start with a really loose sloppy thumbnail, whether it is based upon an actual NYC cityscape, or something in a book, like a dinosaurs or a bird, and even the mazes.
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