I realized during this study that I’ve never devoted much time to developing a personal creative habit. As an industry professional, I’ve been handed ideas to work through, usually with very specific rules for executing work. Even as an undergraduate art student, projects were given, with very specific ways to execute them, and sketchbooks were filled with pages practicing skills, and honing craft.
It has been interesting for me to create with no imposed boundaries, except my own, making connections between what I don’t know and what I do know, as well as reflecting on the emotions that pop up during the creative process. The emotions I’ve felt on every single project I’ve ever embarked on, but had been too pressed for time to ever consider. I kept going out of a sense of responsibility to a paying client or a grade. Anxiety or not, it had to get done.
There is something very freeing about taking ownership of my creativity; how I utilize my creative time, or allow my mind to wander in whatever direction it needs to go, how I choose to represent my ideas, order my activities, and present my work and thoughts.