There is no doubt that as a wider society, we are putting more emphasis on more than ever before. We want to achieve more and take on more things, have more, live more and see more.
All professions and forms of craft require people to feel good to do their best work. This is particularly profound amongst us creative souls, where emotion and the mood we’re in play a huge part in our output.
Are you excited and proud about the creative work you do? Here are some reminders as to why you should be…
The idea of doing creative work to make money, over doing it for love has often been met with scorn and heated opposition. Understandably so.
I want to talk about why, in most cases, people are wrong to resist the idea. I’m taking a gulp, because I know this could prove to be a contentious topic of discussion, but something I believe is true, and often ignored.
I recently asked one of my favourite comic artists, Grant Snider of ‘Incidental Comics‘, to create a comic for Red Lemon Club. A lot of his work looks at creativity and creative people, so I felt it a must to bring his perspective to RLC. I was pleased when he happily obliged.
I first came across Philippines-based illustrator and designer Dan Matutina’s distinct work many years ago. His hard-edged, original and absorbing creations drew me in, and I featured his earlier stuff on my other site Ape on the Moon.
There is no doubt that a large chunk of what determines the fortune of a person is rooted in the little things that we as people do every single day. As such, the power that lies in a habit, good or bad, cannot be overlooked as we all find a means to get ahead in this busy world.
This is a fairly bold statement, though it has not been made without some thought on my part. I honestly think these two concepts, if addressed, can lead to a big reduction, if not complete obliteration, of various or most problems at all levels, personal up to international.
Being makers of things, one of our most important assets is our ‘creative productivity’. In this case, our ability to actually create new things through doing; through taking action, not just thinking about it.
I’m a firm believer in the massive benefits of ongoing self-teaching in contributing to not only increased knowledge as we progress through life, but in self confidence, creativity, improved imagination, memory and, ultimately happiness (or at least a glimpse of it!).
Our culture is populated with the stereotype of the tortured artist, who suffers emotional pains and struggle in the name of creativity. If we buy into this stereotype, we may be tempted to assume that by dwelling on negative emotions we are broadening our creative potential.