Here is a post about the design process. I fascinated by the way people make their art. So I thought you might be interested in how I make mine. My process has changed over time. (In the beginning, I was much more rigid. Sticking closely to my original concept.) Now I might begin with a very rough sketch of my idea. I lay out placement, write down thoughts or ideas, maybe color choices. Then I move onto the creating art part. And to be honest, my work rarely ends up looking at all like the initial plan.
Much of my work is inspired by nature. Could be a walk through the garden, photos, art made by others, poems, songs or books which paint a word picture, something. Because I am, at my core, a person who cares deeply about the world we live in and I treasure the beauty of God’s creation. Then I try to create something that shows the deep love and respect I have for nature and all living creatures. (Except mice. I hate mice and I’m gonna punch Noah in the face when I get to heaven because he didn’t kill the two varmints when he had the chance. Just sayin’.)
In my art journaling, I usually have a theme I’m working with. This is my jump off point. For example, in the Grandma-Great’s journal I think about my grandma. What made her so special to me? What are my favorite memories? What were her character traits, her motivations, her core values? In short, who was she and what was she all about? Then I create pages that tell her story.
For me, art doesn’t need to be realistic renderings. I have a camera to take pictures of the real. It’s more about sharing the essence of something. What do flowers say to me, rather than just what they look like. And while I greatly admire Realism it’s not, nor has it ever been, a goal in my own art. Knowing who you are, the reason you make your art, and the message you’re trying to convey is important to creating authentic art.
So I begin with my subject. What do I want to make. Then how do I want to make it. What is my substrate and media choices, the nitty-gritty of how I will create the art itself. Then I pull out the colors I might want to use. This often changes as the art evolves, but it gives me a starting point. Many are unconventional or unexpected color combinations. I have always had this instinct for combining colors in ways that many wouldn’t and, since it comes easily to me, I embrace that.
Often, what’s happening with the art changes my direction. If I’m working and some area emerges that speaks to me, the focus of the work will change to that. In fact, I would say this is typical of my arting. Trying to force the piece to be what I initially intended doesn’t give me a result I’m pleased with. I have learned to roll with it, embracing what the work wants to be.
This happens with nearly every art piece. I begin with sketches, but rarely follow them. I’ve come to consider them a tool to use at a later date when my creative well has run dry. This is my way of arting and it works for me. Here is a link to Dyan Reaveley’s process. Here is Cinnamon Cooney’s process for a fanciful face. As you can see, everybody has their own way of making their art. And none is better or worse than anyone else’s. It’s about what works best for each of us in our own art practice.