Every artist has a creative process, right?
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This may come as a shock to some of you, but as mentioned in our last LIFEWTR blog post, we’re artists. To be completely honest, we have a difficult time labeling ourselves as such, but to make things easier, we’ll go with that. We’re partnering with LIFEWTR to tell you all about our creative processes. Every artist has way of going about their process of creativity. Sometimes the process is structured, organized or disorganized. Can you guys guess which adjective applies to us? We’ll let you think about that for a little while we get into the post.
7-Eleven is our one stop creative shop.
We live walking distance to our 7-Eleven, so whenever we’re out creating or finding inspiration, it’s the first stop we make. Y’all already know we love how convenient it is to run into 7-Eleven for anything and everything! We always pick up a couple bottles of LIFEWTR for the road so we can stay revitalized on long days of working on projects. They’re always recruiting artist work for their labels, and we’re so excited to pick up the new Series 5 ‘Art Beyond Borders’ bottles for ourselves! One of our favorite things about LIFEWTR is that their website showcases the artists who create their label art, so we can find our favorites and discover more of their work. Looking at other artist’s work is a staple in our creative process as well. There’s so much to learn from and be inspired by.
What is our creative process?
We’re so much alike but we’re also so different. We often talk about how much we have in common, but we promise we’re actually two people and not one. That leaves us with two separate creative processes which we are going to break down for you guys starting…….now!
Ariana’s creative process:
Phase 1: My process starts with some sort of light going off in my head. We asked you guys to guess earlier which word applies to us and our creative process, well I’m disorganized. My ideas run through my head at lightning speed so I’m usually confused on where to even start. My ideas come from everything. Seriously, it can be anything. Seeing art in everyday places like this LIFEWTR bottle keeps me inspired literally all the time.
Phase 2: During this phase, I go right to my computer and I start creating a rough draft of whatever I thought of in my head. When I say rough, I mean it. What I start with usually isn’t what I end up with.
Phase 3: At this phase, I’m usually switching things around as I see fit – text, colors, shapes etc. I’m not joking guys, It’s a rough process. Some start with an idea, then an outline and then they finalize with color and text. No, I move faster so that the idea doesn’t escape me.
Phase 4: Once I have all my components in front of me, then I start to finalize my design. At this stage, I start settling on which colors I want to use and where things should be.
My process is truly a disorganized one. Sometimes I wonder why I don’t just write things down but truthfully, my process works for me so I stick with it.
Hannah’s creative process.
My creative process is really different than Ariana’s. For one, I don’t usually have a million ideas, or even one idea for that matter. Usually, I’m creating for a purpose, whether it’s a client or an assignment, so the first thing that goes through my head is: where do I start? Followed by: what do I even do? I usually have to sketch to figure it out. I have a full sized, black leather sketchbook that I always have with me, but honestly it’s more like a scribble book. Whenever I start a new project, that’s where I have to turn. Otherwise, I would just be staring blankly at a screen all day!
Until I have that rough idea that I get excited about, my head is just full of questions. It can take me days to come up with a good idea for a project. I’ll basically sit on it until something comes to me, usually when I’m driving, and then I immediately have to write it down or I’ll forget it. Once I scribble out a few different rough ideas, I can actually start getting into a project. Then, the process is much easier and I work pretty quickly.
I like to break things down into lists and tasks, so I have a tendency to plan progress on art projects or design work like I would plan writing a paper. Of course, I usually veer off track. I’ll find myself super into a project one day and I’ll neglect all my other stuff in order to work on it for hours and hours. Of course, pulling one of these stunts usually means forgetting to drink water as well, which is why I love LIFEWTR. It’s perfect for days when I’m spending hours in front of a canvas or my computer so I can stay hydrated and inspired while working.
Ultimately, both of our creative processes are a hot mess. But what’s important is that they work for us! We’d love to know more about how y’all create, so tell us about your creative processes in the comments!
Find more LIFEWTR inspiration here!
You can find your nearest 7Eleven here to pick up the new Series 5 ‘Art Beyond Borders’ bottle!
Until next time,
Ariana & Hannah