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.
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