Hello and welcome to my blog post. Not only am I a freelance creative for hire, I also recently became part of the School of Visual Arts Community, as an adjunct professor. I teach Integrated Advertising to a group of advertising and design hopefuls. Here is where you’ll find my loose creative thoughts and nuggets of inspiration that may prove useful to you in life, from one creative to another. And I truly believe everyone is creative. They just have to tap into that side of the brain.
I’ve been honing my skills as an artist for the last twenty years in advertising, but really ever since I was old enough to draw. In this blog I’ll share my secret sauce for creativity and craft in hopes that you’ll be enlightened by them, and be able to share it with others. Art should never be kept to oneself.
Don’t be dull, Da Vinci.
Mrs. Stewart’s Circle Test
Here’s a simple exercise that you can do to test your creative chops. Do this alone or with your bff; better yet, do it with a group and see what everyone comes up with.
I call this Mrs. Stewart’s Circle because my high school Art teacher, Mrs. Stewart, gave this exercise to the entire class one day. It was the first time we both discovered I can actually think conceptually.
1. Draw a circle.
2. Add or subtract something to the circle to give it a new meaning.
3. There are no rules, except don’t bore us with what you think of.
This is a simple exercise anyone, even a four-year, old can do. Push yourself and keep changing the circle. Amuse yourself and others. Do the same thing with squares, rectangles and triangles. Top yourself. Start seeing things differently. And whatever you do try not to bore anyone with your new idea.