Episode 394 of the CMP, a Creativity Matters Podcast — the “finding the right fit” process of getting ready for a series, microns, and the eternal question of color
In this episode of the CMP, some of the thinking that goes on when getting ready for a series or a challenge. There are lots of ways people gear up and get ready for a long-term series. Some people plan, make a list, and set up really clear parameters. Some decide to just move forward and let things unfold naturally. I tend to casually try things on (like trying on shirts from the drawer) to see how things feel, how things fit, and to help me sort out whether or not I enjoy whatever it is enough to stick with it for the duration of a challenge.
For summer 2020’s ICAD Challenge, I considered multiple approaches. One of my big questions was color or not? But even beyond that, there are always considerations about theme, type of ink, details, size, scale, boxes or no boxes, and more. Those are some of the possibilities I flip through in my head, weigh, consider, and try. You probably have your own sets of constraints, ideas, and “what-ifs” that you consider as you prepare to start a challenge like the Daisy Yellow Index-Card-a-Day Challenge.
If you are “trying out” your ideas, make sure you do more than 1 test before making a decision. You might love it once. It might still be okay a second time. But if you don’t feel 100% behind it still on the third pass, you should keep thinking! And you might find that you like something you try initially, but later (maybe hours, maybe days), you feel differently. That’s what happened to me with one of my first ICAD tests this year.
I decided to use Microns and switch off of my current favorite fountain pen (the inexpensive but very fine-nibbed Platinum Preppy 02) for a bit. In this show, I recount a funny moment of getting used to (and really liking) a certain quality of line I was seeing with the Micron only to realize later it’s because the pen was low on ink. It wasn’t low enough that it seemed “out” of ink, but there was a certain dryness and a certain tone to the drawings. I’m getting used to the darker ink of fresh Microns now (and definitely gravitating to the 005 and 01 now!).
SKIP: A Graphic Novel
In this episode, discussion of Skip by Molly Mendoza. This is an imaginative story set in a post-apocalyptic world. The reader has to piece together and interpret much of the story, but Bloom and Gloopy travel through a series of tunnels or portals that land them in different worlds. The book features beautiful, expressive art that, in some sections, uses limited and repeated color palettes and in other sections is full-color and abstract. Check this one out at the library and read through to explore the unexpected friendship between Bloom and Gloopy, themes of creativity, bravery, loyalty, trust, and more.
We are still in a pandemic
It can be easy to get weighed down by everything going on, by the anxiety and the uncertainty. But there are silver linings and gifts. I encourage you to look for them.
(The looking, in and of itself, offers a different mindset. You might find that the act of seeking and discovering helps shift your perspective in meaningful ways.)
Mentioned in this Episode (or Related)
- Skip by Molly Mendoza
- ICAD 2020 – Retrospective
- ICAD on the Daisy Yellow site
- Platinum Preppy 02
- Guitar music: Nicholai Heidlas on SoundCloud
- Creativity Matters Group at Facebook
- Patreon page
- oamyoamy at Instagram
- Try Creative Bug with the Living a More Creative Life: 30 Ways in 30 Days class
- Try Trello
- Buy me a Coffee with Ko-Fi (yes, they take a percentage)
- Amazon wishlist
A note about Trello: I’m feeling really productive with my reading and my “To Read” list this year using Trello. I use Trello for other things, including tracking my 50 Before 50 list, but I am finding new book lover’s peace this year with Trello boards set up to help me keep track of books I want to read, Kindle books I snag on a deal, books I hear about in groups or on other podcasts, and then the books I actually am reading or listening to. If you haven’t tried Trello, you should! (It’s free!)