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Oliver Jeffers, butcher, baker, picture book maker.

(Source: vimeo.com)

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I love this Jim Henson sketch, Visual Thinking, from the early 1960s. It’s not only one of the earliest appearances of Kermit, but it shows the innovative mix of puppetry, animation, and video effects that would be become a staple of Sesame Street:

(Source: youtube.com)

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(via 10 Rules for Students and Teachers (and Life) by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent | Brain Pickings)
Buried in various corners of the web is a beautiful and poignant list titled Some Rules for Students and Teachers, attributed to John Cage, who passed away twenty years ago this week. The list, however, originates from celebrated artist and educator Sister Corita Kent and was created as part of a project for a class she taught in 1967-1968. It was subsequently appropriated as the official art department rules at the college of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent, her alma mater, but was commonly popularized by Cage, whom the tenth rule cites directly.

(via 10 Rules for Students and Teachers (and Life) by John Cage and Sister Corita Kent | Brain Pickings)

Buried in various corners of the web is a beautiful and poignant list titled Some Rules for Students and Teachers, attributed to John Cage, who passed away twenty years ago this week. The list, however, originates from celebrated artist and educator Sister Corita Kent and was created as part of a project for a class she taught in 1967-1968. It was subsequently appropriated as the official art department rules at the college of LA’s Immaculate Heart Convent, her alma mater, but was commonly popularized by Cage, whom the tenth rule cites directly.
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Show Your Work! Episode 1: Vampires (by Austin Kleon)

Austin Kleon launching a video series about creativity and sharing your work? Best news of the week. Can’t wait to see more of these.

Austin’s latest book Steal Like an Artist is a genius little companion book to Austin’s Tumblr and online world — one of the richest and most smartly-tagged resources of creativity, art, finding meaning in one’s work.

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Brilliant idea. Brilliant results.
danmeth:

Sketchbook exercise #8372Combine the looseness of tiny ink doodles with the underlying order of graph paper.

Brilliant idea. Brilliant results.

danmeth:

Sketchbook exercise #8372
Combine the looseness of tiny ink doodles with the underlying order of graph paper.

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Andy J. Miller’s blog has been a great source of ideas, thoughts, and philosophies on creativity, being an illustrator, and what it all means:
innod:

5 Reasons You Have to be Creating Your Own ContentThe definition of content we are looking for:the substance or material dealt with in a speech, literary work, etc., as distinct from its form or styleBring your style to the table, but add your own substance, your own story, ideas, and material. Create projects for yourself with all your own material. Create content: zines, info-graphics, daily projects, posters, comics, etc.Creating your content no longer seems like an option to me as an illustrator and designer, and here’s why I really believe that:1. Traditional Marketing and Advertising is dead!Look at an extremely successful designer or illustrator and you will see a strong body of content. We all know advertising is actually SPAM! We want value, we don’t want to look at something someone paid a price for us to see, we want to see good stuff that we choose to see. We choose to see great content, and we form great bonds with people and organizations that make great content. Forget about mailer campaigns, make something worth sharing! 2. The Best Projects Require More Than Your Hands!The best clients I have ever had were asking me to add more than drawing. It can be a little scary, but these opportunities have all been on the back of content I have made. When you create content you show the value you can add with your head, not just your hands!These projects are the best paying and most fun, but the only way they will trust you with this type of work, is if you prove you can do it with your own content.3. Add Value To Your Community If you are part of community of any kind, creating content is the most valuable part of your conversation. Instead of taking and critiquing the community, you are making it. This gives you authority in the conversation and appreciation. Be lavish in your giving of content, you probably owe your community a lot.4. Learn About YourselfWhen you start to make content you will notice what you enjoy, what is best received and where you feel most comfortable. When you start adding material to your style, your style develops and starts to follow your material. When you start looking inward for content you start to get to know yourself better, which develops your craft.5. If You Don’t Want to Make Your Own Content Maybe You Need to Do Something Else…At the end of the day, if creating content sounds like a chore, or you’ve tried and it is a chore, I can see only two conclusions: one you haven’t found the type of content you love to make or worse… you need to find something else to do with your life. If you don’t love this creative field you will not make it, and if you hate creating content you probably don’t love this field, i.e. time to take the career aptitude tests all over again!Has creating your own content been valuable to you? 

Andy J. Miller’s blog has been a great source of ideas, thoughts, and philosophies on creativity, being an illustrator, and what it all means:

innod:

5 Reasons You Have to be Creating Your Own Content

The definition of content we are looking for:
the substance or material dealt with in a speech, literary work, etc., as distinct from its form or style

Bring your style to the table, but add your own substance, your own story, ideas, and material. Create projects for yourself with all your own material. Create content: zines, info-graphics, daily projects, posters, comics, etc.

Creating your content no longer seems like an option to me as an illustrator and designer, and here’s why I really believe that:

1. Traditional Marketing and Advertising is dead!
Look at an extremely successful designer or illustrator and you will see a strong body of content.

We all know advertising is actually SPAM! We want value, we don’t want to look at something someone paid a price for us to see, we want to see good stuff that we choose to see. We choose to see great content, and we form great bonds with people and organizations that make great content. Forget about mailer campaigns, make something worth sharing!

2. The Best Projects Require More Than Your Hands!
The best clients I have ever had were asking me to add more than drawing. It can be a little scary, but these opportunities have all been on the back of content I have made. When you create content you show the value you can add with your head, not just your hands!

These projects are the best paying and most fun, but the only way they will trust you with this type of work, is if you prove you can do it with your own content.

3. Add Value To Your Community
If you are part of community of any kind, creating content is the most valuable part of your conversation. Instead of taking and critiquing the community, you are making it. This gives you authority in the conversation and appreciation. Be lavish in your giving of content, you probably owe your community a lot.

4. Learn About Yourself
When you start to make content you will notice what you enjoy, what is best received and where you feel most comfortable. When you start adding material to your style, your style develops and starts to follow your material. When you start looking inward for content you start to get to know yourself better, which develops your craft.

5. If You Don’t Want to Make Your Own Content Maybe You Need to Do Something Else…
At the end of the day, if creating content sounds like a chore, or you’ve tried and it is a chore, I can see only two conclusions: one you haven’t found the type of content you love to make or worse… you need to find something else to do with your life. If you don’t love this creative field you will not make it, and if you hate creating content you probably don’t love this field, i.e. time to take the career aptitude tests all over again!

Has creating your own content been valuable to you? 

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Have we posted this before? Maybe, but it’s worth watching again: John Cleese’s wonderful talk on creativity (circa 1991 (?), and found on the Google+ profile of The IT Crowd creator Graham Linehan). It’s about a half-hour long, but you can play it in the background. 

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seokim:

Here’s a metaphor for what happens typically when I have an art related epiphany. If you know me, you know that this describes my life. :) :( 

seokim:

Here’s a metaphor for what happens typically when I have an art related epiphany. If you know me, you know that this describes my life. 

:) :( 

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Fail Again, Fail Better (by Sara Shin)

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From a tiny comic about having ideas from Michael Hacker.

From a tiny comic about having ideas from Michael Hacker.

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The first episode of Ze Frank’s new show is a battle cry for creativity and making things.

(Source: youtube.com)

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Alfred Hitchcock’s definition of happiness

(Source: youtube.com)

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Manga Artist Yusuke Murata Creates the Most Innovative Comic You’ll See This Week
Right now: click the link and view the whole thing. Two minutes of your life, and you won’t be sorry! This isn’t some fancy digital touchscreen iPad app thinga-ma-jiggie. This is pencil and paper, light and shadow, and pure inventiveness. Bravo! 

Manga Artist Yusuke Murata Creates the Most Innovative Comic You’ll See This Week

Right now: click the link and view the whole thing. Two minutes of your life, and you won’t be sorry! This isn’t some fancy digital touchscreen iPad app thinga-ma-jiggie. This is pencil and paper, light and shadow, and pure inventiveness. Bravo! 

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Deadlines (by KreativMagazin) illustrates how innovation and creativity need time.

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