Are you looking for a golden ticket to ultimate creativity? A stream of never ending ideas, concepts and ideas to use that will help create a constant flow of art for your followers. Sounds like a dream. To be fair, it is.

Inspiration and creativity is one of the biggest topics for young sports designers. How do I keep inspired? How do I increase my creativity?

There is not one lineal answer to this challenge. Let me paint a picture to potentially help you figure out how you work.

Here is a list of things that may help you get / keep being inspired.

  1. Don’t limit your options

A lot of designers stick to one sport, one style, one app / program. My advice, break your own mould and start to venture out of your comfort zone. Doing the same thing over and over will get boring and doesn’t help your development.

  1. Value Research

Give yourself time to expand your mind. No, I’m not talking about drugs, I am talking about research. I think the only way I can keep creating new things is by seeing new things. Ill share a list of sites I regularly visit, but one massive one is going for a walk… get outside, go to the shops. I love visiting the House of Hoops in the Brisbane CBD. It is just a rad place. Yeah, it’s footlocker shop but their art is new, and refreshing.

Here are some sites im on a lot:

Behance
Pinterest
Creative Market
Video Hive
Popular page on Instagram.

  1. Rest
    Taking time out, away from the screen is important. Get a pencil in your hand and draw something. Sketching, thumbnails, anything.
  2. The Unknown
    Ask yourself “what haven’t I seen before?” and come up with some ideas to answer that question. That’s what true artistic leaders will do.

Here is a lesson I have learned recently,

just because your new piece is better than the one you have just made, or is better in comparison to those you are connected to, doesn’t mean that you should stop there. Always ask yourself “is this the best I can do?” And if the answer is no… then keep going. Quality over Quantity.

In the end, for me, its all about personal drive. Do you want to be the best you can be? If the answer is yes, you have heaps to learn and I am sure you will know some areas you aren’t perfect in. So it will take time practicing, learning, watching, trying, trying again and growing.

I have seen some incredible designers go through the journey and I hope this blog helps you take the necessary steps in your development as a digital artist.

 

 

But what you really wanna see is a list of people that inspire me? Well I encourage you to find your own, BUT here are a couple that have stood out recently:

https://www.behance.net/marayu9
https://www.behance.net/orlandographics
https://www.behance.net/gallery/51959017/Cavaliers-2017-NBA-Playoffs
https://www.behance.net/gallery/34816741/African-Arenas
https://www.behance.net/gallery/36670397/FXFC-football-club