THE FREELANCE LIFE 17 | CREATIVE PROCESS

THE FREELANCE LIFE 17 | CREATIVE PROCESS

Before i start with this post, i just have to shout out, on how much i am in love with those beauties! I made my husband “steal” from someone’s yard and i just can’t find out what type of flower this is. Smells like roses (it’s so good, it blows my mind) it’s a tree, and the flowers are like tiny peonies. Any suggestions, are highly appreciated.

Ok, back to the post now. This week, while i was writing a q&a for an awesome lady’s blog, i was asked about my creative process, and i was kinda stuck. I had never considered before if there actually is a process behind projects, because i usually just go with the flow. Turns out there’s more in it that i would have thought.

 

1. CATCH THE CONCEPT

The first and most difficult step (for some) is the actual beginning. Catching the concept. My brightest ideas and creative concepts come to me when i’m not working on them, those few minutes before i fall asleep. Always keeping a notepad next to me to write everything down.

2. GIVE IT SOME TIME

Never go into it right away. At least that’s what works with me. I tend to give the idea some time, air to breath and grow into me. Usually, that turns out to be a good thing, since i end up adding greater elements to it.

3. PRACTISE, DRAW, EXPERIMENT

The first main idea, never stays as it is. After lots of experimenting, wether that’s photography, or a design, it ends up somehow different. But if you don’t experiment in lots of different ways, you won’t end up having something great!

4. TO ASK FOR OPINIONS OR NOT?

Most of the times, we tend to ask loads of people on what they think of our finished product. I’ve always had a dilemma on wether that’s a good thing or not. On one had, someone might give you a good piece of advice, and bring to your attention something you had not seen before. On the other hand though, it might just confuse you more. After all, we are all different people, with different tastes. Trust your gut i say?

Image and edit by cocorrina

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  • I think this might be a type of tea rose?

  • I'd think my process is quite similar to yours but I have a hard time being consistent in fulfilling the steps I know I should take and end up frustrated. Thank you for the reminder that creative things take time…I needed it-especially today. You are doing a beautiful job showcasing the successful result of this process in every post!

  • Jenn

    They are probably tree peonies! It's a real thing and they are amazing.

  • Sounds like solid advice, from people who know. Also ask for feedback and change what you first though, or at least try variations. That's what I did on my last project, which was to design some shoes.

    Buckets & Spades

  • Thanks for the advice-this is a super great list!

  • You always offer valuable tips. It's something that sounds simple but we often overlook when we're so involved. =) Thank you for sharing!!

    xo,
    nancy

    http://www.adoretoadorn.com

  • I love your advice and the flowers that you used in the photo! I find that giving it some time can make it better than the original as well as writing down all the ideas that you have. Sometimes I look back at the list of ideas that I created after a day and come up with a better idea.

  • Kresh

    this is really great advice! i really have the same trouble with asking for other's opinions. i think you have to be careful who you listen to!

  • This is spot on advice Corina! I would add collaborate to your list… as much as possible. I've always noticed that early on in the process if you share and talk through your ideas with other talented creatives real magic starts to happen.