Writer’s block happens in all fields, artistic, academic, and non-creative fields experience it too. How I have learned to overcome a graphic design block is to start from paper. Something about the physical connection with the paper gets my creative juices flowing and then by the time I’m actually working in illustrator I already have a workflow or idea of what I am creating. I have also found that working in illustrator can produce a creative block in itself. When I attended Adobe Max 2014, I went to a session by Aaron Blaise on creating photo-realistic monsters. In his session he recommended,
set your canvas to 40% grey, instead of starting from white
I found this advice to be extremely helpful this year. I also found that
working from paper first
allows me to get my creative thoughts out quickly, and then I use the digital platform as a space to build upon those ideas, rather than work them out. The feeling of working from your hands also builds a connection between you and your work.
Here are a few of the concepts I adapted from my sketchbook.
It began from the initial sketch stage and I scanned it in. From there I drew outlines of the type and refined the edges in illustrator. Then I took it into photoshop and added styles to it. Check back soon for more designs!