In the last several years, I find the stresses of life has pushed my creativity inward. No longer do I copy what I see but just let my mind flow with ideas right to the page. When I start my art, I have no perceived plan. At first, I simply draw shapes / lines and mold them until something seems to appear from the markings. It’s a bit like one of those pictures that on first glance just looks like a bunch of random dots. Then by staring at it longer, an image appears. This is how my artwork takes shape. Sometimes I see how the final image should look right away while other times, it takes until the entire page is filled up. It’s a bit like my unconscious mind creates the image and I am just along for the ride seeing how each twist and turn is revealed as the image forms. I find myself just wondering at each stage how the image will take form. Personally, it’s quite invigorating.
Once the main image is formed, I usually research the best color patterns from different resources that reflect the emotion of the piece. It’s a bit like naming a child after it has reached adolescents. This is where I find digital art has the advantage of adding colors after the line drawing is done. I am usually in complete mystery of the end image result; therefore, trying to decide colors ahead of time would be a complete hit or miss.
Success comes when my subconscious mind is able to produce a consciously pleasing image, and I can find the color pattern to put it all together. I find this process that starts with no planned image is the most fulfilling as this to me seems to be true definition of creativity.