This week we wrapped up Thanksgiving in the US and the holiday season is in full swing! Whether we like it or not, and I’m not a fan of the chaotic stress that comes with the holidays, it’s time to get our holiday joy going.
For this week’s Creative Jumpstart, I want you to look for that creative spark from the holiday season.
Once again, grab that pencil and sketchbook or your camera and let’s go!
The holiday season is supposed to be fun and a time for family and friends.
But let’s be real, it’s crazy hectic and stressful for many. So this creative jumpstart has two benefits.
First, you get to create something holiday inspired. Second, creating will help you relieve stress. Damn, I love art.
Make The Turkey
OK, so you probably don’t have any turkey left. But you have pictures from Thanksgiving right?
Grab your sketchbook and a decent picture from Thursday and start sketching. Remember, you’re not in an art competition with this, so keep it loose.
Don’t forget your negative space and composition. Make sure you add the people in with enough detail so you know who is who.
Don’t leave out your crazy uncle either.
Make sure you shade the dark areas. Shading is key in your sketch because it adds depth and a sense of realism.
Draw each dish on the table or maybe your picture is of the kids playing. Or maybe you grabbed a photo of everyone smiling in your favorite restaurant. Either way, add relevant detail.
Capture The Greeting Card Shot
Maybe you prefer using your camera instead of a pencil? That’s perfectly fine and some of the images you can capture this time of year are special.
Go to your local mall or take a stroll through your town’s business district. Is it lit up? Are there tons of decorations in the storefronts?
Now I’m not a personal fan of lots of stuff or decorations everywhere, but the reality is what it is. So use your camera and take some shots.
Think about any greeting cards you receive, what makes a nice card?
Get inspired by creative holiday designs. Think about how light reflects off of ornaments and snow.
What inspires you about the holiday season? See if you can find it and capture it. Do my favorite too: black and white. Get creative too.
Don’t Destroy Your Creativity
With family, friends, shopping for gifts, planning holiday parties and holding down day jobs, we are pulled in many directions.
Not to mention our fixation with social media and smartphones. Put yours down unless you’re reading this.
We’re distracted constantly. Our attention spans are already short but with constant doing of multiple things all the time our creativity suffers.
Loss of creativity hurts us in many ways and permanently. Derek Beres has an excellent article on Big Think on how being busy all the time kills our creative thinking.
Don’t let your creativity suffer this holiday season. Stop, think, allow your thoughts to wander and let your mind just think.
The holidays are hopefully a happy and fun time for you and those you love. The hustle and bustle are inevitable but don’t let your creativity suffer.
Use the holidays as a way to create cool art and fill your sketchbook with crazy doodles. Snap away with your camera and practice using light and composition. Don’t let the constant distraction of daily living hurt your long-term creative ability.
Happy holidays to all and get creating! What’s your advice for staying creative during the holidays?