The Creative Process

The MorriguWhat I mean by creative process is the process used by anyone who's making something or finding a solution. This evening I'll be participating in a panel discussion titled “Creative Process Across Disciplines” at CONvergence.  (Sorry, you'll need a membership for the convention to check out the panel).

It's described as “A discussion of the creative process across different industries, science, technology, and the arts. Brainstorming and problem solving. What tools are similar, what are different? Is there a particular mindset one needs to cultivate? Let's explore! Panelists: Christine Mitzuk, Scott Keever, Carrie Patel (mod), Carl Zachmann”

Thursday June 30, 2016 5:00pm - 6:00pm

I'm very excited to hear what other people have to say about their experiences. It's something I'm very interested in lately and I was thinking about it this morning, trying to gather my thoughts. I think the creative process has several phases or parts but I don't think they always happen in a particular order and oftentimes some parts overlap or happen concurently. Here's what I have so far:

  • impetus or inspiration
  • brainstorming
  • preparation
  • exploration and experimentation
  • trial and error, iterations
  • research, reference
  • actually making the thing
  • review, examination, reflection (not always immediately after completing a project).

For me, for making a picture, it looks something more like the following but with a few of these phases overlapping or being revisited throughout the process: impetus, inspiration, idea generation (brainstorming, thumbnails), rough sketch, value studies, reference/research, tighter drawing, color studies, final art, evaluation.

What does your process look like?