[shadowed_600 img=”http://nocreativity.com/blog-engine/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/final5-1024×576.jpg”]My first thoughts on everydays[/shadowed_600]
Exactly 2 weeks ago today, I started by creating so-called everydays. The idea was to create 1 frame in Cinema4D every day to explore new territory, improve my skills and push my creativity. When I first started I was very unsure whether I would be able to keep it up. I was rather uncertain if I could come up with something new every day.
The first 5 days were horrible. It was a strange blend of excitement and fear. Excitement to head into Cinema4D and create something. Fear of realizing the idea sucks and not having another one up my sleeve and thus failing. And the 6th day was very much exactly that. I had a cool idea and it completely failed. The resulting frame was a disaster but I had spent too much time on it already. It just had to be enough.
Since I have overcome the public shame –because that really is how I felt about it– of that crap frame, I started taking this more seriously. I realized I attacked these everydays completely wrong. I relied on coming up with an idea all by myself. No inspiration. No theme. No starting point. I realized that this was a very unstable way of going about it. I needed more weaponry to be able to fight this battle every day against myself… I started gathering interesting pictures and inspiration on Pinterest, I bought a book about street art that I like. I look through this on a daily basis and learned to look at images and video in a whole new way. I started to look past the actual visual and look for an idea, a concept, a shape or a texture that might just become the next everyday.
I actually learned ‘how to use inspiration‘ in order to create new things. I know this sounds weird but until then, I never really understood how people did this. I just didn’t comprehend the process. Since I got my head around that, my everydays became a challenge to which I look forward to every day. I sometimes still fear that I won’t be able to come up with something new but then I stop caring because whatever happens -whether an idea comes to me or not- this frame is going to happen; even if it’s complete and utter crap. Because I need to keep the streak going.
To conclude: I’m 14 days in and these are the 3 major things I learned from it:
- Pushing yourself daily speeds up the acceleration of improvement of your skills (Logical, I know. Great reminder though)
- Fear is a weapon of mass destruction. The fear for the creative block will become the creative block. Confidence will fuel your creativity like nothing else.
- Showing up is 90% of the battle. Looking through work of people that inspire you in preparation of what you’re about to do is ‘showing up‘. It’s part of getting your mind ready, getting in the zone… It does not start when you open Cinema4D; By that time you’re already committed.
Here are my first 14 everydays to illustrate my progress and learning curve. If you’re on the verge of starting something similar, do it. I promise you, you’ll thank yourself for the fantastic challenge that is you. Every day.