Inspiration is everywhere. It does not matter what kind of artist you are, from a painter to a writer, inspiration can be found anywhere. Some find it in nature; some find it deep in the cities; some have the purpose of creating detailed figurative drawings; while some tend to care more about the process of being creative. The one thing that remains the same, though, is that artists are more productive when they know how to find and use inspiration around them.
If you’re up for some creative challenges, here are a few classic favorites:
1. Look at People
There are many ways to use your surroundings to find inspiration. If you are the kind of artist that likes to search for inspiration outdoors, you can go to a park and people watch. You can observe their interactions with one another, or with their kids, or even with their pets; you can observe them in contrast to the environment around them. Then, you can use those people’s experiences as inspiration for your art. You can paint them exactly as you seem them, or you can use what they represent and draw inspiration from the merging of nature with people.
2. Look at the Horizon
If you prefer to observe an environment free of living things, and just focus on landscapes, you can look at the horizon. It makes no difference if it is the one you see when staring at the ocean or the one you see hidden behind skyscrapers in a big city, you can use it as inspiration and you can come up with a few words to describe it. Once you have those words, you can paint what they represent to you, instead of the horizon you derived them from.
3. Look at Your Feet
If you prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home, you can draw your inspiration from random things around the house. One idea is to look at your own feet, and the spaces in between them. You can use those highlights as points, and you can draw a picture by connecting those dots. You can also try to connect the dots on anything else around the house and draw a picture from them, from the shadows the furniture casts on the floor to the different levels of the paintings hanging on the walls.
There are several other ideas that can help you to find inspiration. Try these:
Paint images found on the negative spaces between buildings
Draw things you think of when watching your favorite TV show
Create a scene of how you would have liked a certain book to have ended
Analyze what has been done in the past, and create your own take from it
Or you can use a combination of any of the things mentioned above, and anything else that has ever inspired you.
There is no exact science for finding inspiration; the only thing that is needed is for you to never stop looking for it. As long as you keep looking, you are sure to find inspiration everywhere.