Many creative artists and designers struggle to find some free time in which they can finally sit down in from of the work table and get some creative work done. The problem is, the muses of inspiration do not always pay you a visit when and where it suits you, and many times you may find yourself frustrated by not succeeding to come up with the right idea at the right time.
In my business, which is creative jewelry, you find yourself having to come up with good creative ideas on an almost daily basis. Releasing the creative energy may not always be simple, but you can help it come out by using a few simple mind games that involve a little bit of imagination and lot of self discipline.
Designing for Literary Characters
If you are a literature buff like me, this is a mind game that can help you and be amusing at the same time.
Create a list of the ten literary characters that you like the most, male and female. Now imagine each one of them as a customer. Ask yourself what are their preferences and what they are likely to be interested in. It is likely that Ana Karenina and Mary Jane Watson would go for completely different design choices.
The best way to go is to imagine that such literary characters live right in your neighborhood, work in an office and so forth. This will help you to give a modern, contemporary edge to the design work you will create. I always have a lot of fun when I use this mind game and highly successful results.
If you remember your dreams, you can use this in order to create original design and release your creative energy.
Keep a sketchbook next to your bed when you go to sleep. Every time you wake up from a dream, pick up your sketchbook and try to draw the people, places or other remarkable visual representations that you encountered in your dream. Try to ask yourself what design the people that appeared in your dream would go for. Some dreams may provide you with strong visual imagery, while other will be completely ordinary, but maintaining such a sketchbook over time will guarantee a gallery of interesting visual ideas and designs.
Using similar imaginative mind games will help you to find your own creative path, and more importantly will help you to learn how to get creative at the right time.
Doron Heifetz is a creative jeweler and the owner of the popular My Monogram Necklace popular jewelry website.