Staring Through Creative Glasses.

“The creative is the place where no one else has ever been. You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful. What you’ll discover is yourself.” — Alan Alda 

[media-credit id=3 align=”aligncenter” width=”503″][/media-credit]Sometimes clients give me creative freedom. I’m given a few subjects and the client doesn’t want to interfere with whatever is floating through my mind and trusts me as an artist to come up with something. So no work in progress is shown to them and they see the painting when it arrives on their doorstep.

This is…awesome. I’m honored and it can be a tad daunting, because what if I can’t grasp what the client expects me to grasp? I usually try to push this aside though, because if I kept thinking that I wouldn’t be able to draw a thing. I’m always up for a challenge. The best thing I can do is to do my best to create something that lives up to ones expectation or just completely surprise them.

I know that I’m the creative one, but I always want to give the customer the chance to tap in their own creative mind. It’s not that I don’t trust myself or my skills, but doesn’t everyone else have ideas, dreams or things they like to see captured on paper? I mean, if someone is interested in my style, one must have seen something floating around their mind as well right? In the end, it’s a creative collaboration. For me anyway.

That said, if a client gives me creative freedom to create whatever I want, I won’t go against it or push the client to come up with something. If I’m not sure, I’ll ask questions to get a better idea.  Other than that the creative process follows its natural (strange) course and I let the pencils and colors do the talking.

I guess this has been one of my biggest amazement since I started doing commissions. I probably never meet the majority of the clients, but the level of faith and trust in me to create something fun is just amazing.

 

For more TJ Art and Ramblings, please visit A Look in a Creative Mind.

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Tahira Lubrano, also known as TJ, was a Master Sociology student, but now she is chasing her dreams as an artist. You can find ramblings and observations surrounded by her own illustrations at her blog A Look in a Creative Mind. Everything is magical there and you are most welcome to float along and wander around her imaginative world. View My Profile

  • I love this…very generous for an artist to encourage creativity of their client. And the art is GORGEOUS.

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    • Yay! Thank you so much 🙂 Yes! To a certain extent I want the client to really think about what they want haha.

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  • First, I have to say, I love Alan Alda. Some of his movies are some of my favorites ever! Great quote!!

    Second, when I was an interior designer I had some clients who trusted me completely while others were a bit opinionated about what they wanted. That is not to say it was a bad thing. In fact, I preferred clients to tell me what they liked because it gave me a direction. Also, it was their home I was designing for not mine.

    Lovely article, TJ! 🙂

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    • I loove this quote!! I suppose it’s all about a balance huh? I do like to have a bit of direction, especially if the pricing tends to be higher. I want to have the perfect piece of art as possible. But they mustn’t think I will copy other people’s style to the T, just because their vision is like that. If this is the case, I’d advice them to look for a different artist. haha

      So glad you liked this piece! Thank you!

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  • Cher Duncombe

    Sweet TJ, your creativity provides enormous joy! You are so unassuming and just allow the process to flow. Everything you create is a treat for the eyes. What a happy experience it is to watch your art come to fruition. 🙂

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    • Hi Sweet Cher! Thank you so so much 🙂 Sometimes I even surprise myself with the outcome haha. It’s funny when that happens!!

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  • But, TJ, they choose you because they love your artistic vision! I love the picture, BTW. So beautiful!

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    • Haha! My artistic vision, you are right about that. It’s so cool, Janene 🙂 Thank you!!

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  • T J,

    “I always want to give the customer the chance to tap in their own creative mind.”

    If they have lain eyes on a doodle you left on a napkin in a coffee bar, the customers’ would know all they need to know to have immense trust in you and your talents.

    That being said, your respect for and facilitation of the creative in everyone shines through this article as it has through all your others.

    What a wonderful thing it is to share an endeavor with you and all the rest of our skilled, productive, profound colleagues and teammates!

    Larry

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    • Hi Larry! Grazie mille!! Haha doodling on napkins is fun 🙂 You know for the personal paintings I put for sale, but that I’ve created for fun/experimentation…it’s different. People buy because they like it. But if someone comes with a request, I do want to give them a chance to tell me their idea as clearly as possible. After all, it will grace their household for many years right? As long as they give me the freedom to work in my style as well. Then we are good.

      YES! It’s a wonderful journey with you all indeed 🙂

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  • I love this picture TJ, what a wonderful use of color.
    I’ve tried to do commission work with pottery, and I like most potters could never really capture what is going on in the mind of the person who wanted the commission. I found it too hard to capture someone else’s style.

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    • Ah thank you so much, Dan! I love the colors in this one as well!

      You’re right, you can never really capture exactly what people have floating in their mind. Even I can’t do this for myself haha. Plus, if you give people too much freedom, they can spin out of control. I had one client who wanted to keep changing things. It’s fine…to a certain extent and if they pay for the revisions. If I lose fun in what I’m creating, I will cancel the job. So far, I give clients 2 chances for revisions.

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  • TJ! A wonderful opportunity to be allowed to express yourself when commissioned work allows you to use your talents to their fullest potential. It is a joy to wake up each morning and see a new drawing of yours. And this is a great way to push the boundaries a little, to step out of the “comfort zone.” Congratulations on the commissioned work. And I love the Alan Alda quote. Very true. 🙂

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    • Hi Julian! It is really wonderful and I’d never expect this to happen at all!! Ah, so glad you enjoy the daily doodles haha. I love sharing them with you all. Working with commissions really helps me look beyond my own imagination or at least find ways to combine several ideas in one fun illustration. It’s always a surprise in the end haha. Thank you so much!! 🙂

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  • @_@ <—That's me staring through my creative glasses

    I am so happy to hear that you don't mind having the freedom to take a project and run with it! I was a bit worried that when I commissioned you I was being a lazy client by not having firm ideas.

    I'm excited to see what you and your pencils come up with!

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    • I love your glasses, Jen. Nice & sparkly!

      Yes! Never need to worry as I don’t mind it at all! Sometimes creative input from the client can open new doors and ideas as well. Either way, it’s a creative journey 🙂 YAY! I am excited as well 🙂 Haha. That sounds funny. (I woke up super early so I’ll probably find a lot of things funny today…)

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  • Great illustration, TJ! I still love my cupcakes the best!!! After I am fully recovered and back into painting, I will consider posting some of my work here. xoxo

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    • Hi Judie! Haha the cupcakes will always be awesome I think 🙂 So pleased you still love them.

      Feel better soon and you know where to find me when you want to join Expats Art!! 🙂 xoxoxo

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