“Thankfully, dreams can change. If we’d all stuck with our first dream, the world would be overrun with cowboys and princesses.”
– Stephen Colbert
Funny how it works. While doing some Q&A today I found myself actually sighing.
Curious? The things we were talking about weren’t exactly old hat. Usually themes take a year or so to become stale and I feel the need to venture into new territory. Or rediscover old ones.
It still energized me when people thanked me afterwards. Then came a more personal question. Well, it felt personal. Hearing it was like: “Dude! Get out of my mind!”
He explained that he’d been studying science for a while. It was all he’d cared about for the longest time and now he felt all “Meh” and wondered if I had any suggestions on how to get out of a rut.
This got me animated and I threw everything from the rediscovering comics he enjoyed as a kid to studying mythology to knitting to drawing with crayons.
Earlier this year I enrolled in a course on the history of comic books. I’ve looked forward to every Wednesday when they release new course material to sink my teeth into. This has been a nice distraction and a creative outlet for me.
Also, I’ve loved talking with people about all the comics without necessarily talking about the mechanics of it.
But today I understood something. If I wanted it to be more than that I’d have to delve deeper. Actually looking at the mechanics of it. From there I could draw (ye, pun) inspiration for what I spend my time doing. It would add excitement and a new layer on the cake that is creativity.
So, when I was visiting my mom I saw a magazine that I knew I had to buy.
Lo and behold, there it was!
The first example that I could add to my creative utility belt.
An image that I could use to illustrate (oh, they just keep coming!) points like “how to add an extra dimension to your work.”
Look at how the artist has positioned the enemies in the shape of a hand to make us feel like the grip is tightening around Wolverine.
This kind of “Deep Hidden Meaning”, as Nile Rodgers would call it, is something all creatives can use regardless of profession.
Finding stuff like this can really work wonders!
Have you been stuck in a rut lately? What did you do to get out of your last one? Have you devised a method for never getting into a rut?
Let me know in the comments or on Twitter.
Have a kick-ass ₢eative day!