Finding Your Voice
I’ve been giving a lot of thought lately to how Creative Play™ can help in discovering your voice as an artist. The experimentation that you do in your play practice can help bring clarity about what you do and do not like and that’s what it takes to find your voice. Your unique voice is a combination of the colors and techniques that you use, the themes you address, and your design style. As you experiment with colors, techniques, themes and designs through Creative Play™, you’ll narrow in on the formula that is distinctly yours.
If you’ve been thinking about your voice, maybe it’s time to do some reflection. Take out the play that you’ve been doing recently. Sort your work quickly into two piles without overthinking it: Like It, Don’t Like It. Then, look at the items in the first pile. What do you like about them? Did you use some colors consistently? What techniques did you use? Is there a similar design style (precise, improv, abstract, geometric, realistic, etc.)? Have you tackled some common themes? Is there a theme that might make a good series? Take a look at the items in the Don’t Like It pile too. It’s just as important in finding your voice to know what you don’t want to do as it is to know what you do.