Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo/Children Who Chase Lost Voices/Journey to Agartha A film by Makoto Shinkai. His movies always have super amazing backgrounds, I’ll be doing more from this one, but this is the first batch.
Ryu Gu Jo (2010): This piece was illustrated for Japanese folk tale “Urashima Tarou”. In the story, a young boy Tarou saves an endangered sea turtle and as reward, the turtle takes the boy to visit underwater dragon palace called Ryu Gu Jo. There, Tarou meets a beautiful princess and receives a mysterious box which he was told not to open. This piece was featured in Spectrum as well as Society of Illustrators Annuals.
I’m excited to share this beautiful illustration by one of our in-house background designers, William Niu. We met William, who is fresh out of college, when he was applying for the Nick Artist Fellowship program. His talents and wide range of skills are especially boggling when you consider how young he is. And he has lots of toys that make annoying noises outside of my office late at night that I threaten to smash repeatedly, which seems appropriate when you consider how young he is.
1. Borrow Ideas. Look around the web for your topic, read or learn about them, add your own thoughts or ideas to them. It’s really hard to come up with your own ideas, but you can become inspired by the ideas of others.
2. Brainstorm. Before you begin working on your task, jot down a few ideas or solutions on paper. Then examine and research more on the ideas. As more ideas and answers pour in, keep adding to your list of brainstormed ideas.
3. Keep Thinking. I know that in one of my previous article about creativity, I said ‘ideas generally come to you if you don’t think too much about them,’ this is true only when you are trying not to force an idea and don’t yet have an idea to go off from. However, once you have an idea, you want to think as much as possible and research more about the idea so you can keep building it up. Thinking is good once you have something to build on.
1. Trying to Find the “Right” Answer
One of the worst aspects of formal education is the focus on the correct answer to a particular question or problem. While this approach helps us function in society, it hurts creative thinking because real-life issues are ambiguous. There’s often more than one “correct” answer, and the second one you come up with might be better than the first.
Many of the following mental blocks can be turned around to reveal ways to find more than one answer to any given problem. Try reframing the issue in several different ways in order to prompt different answers, and embrace answering inherently ambiguous questions in several different ways.
2. Logical Thinking
Not only is real life ambiguous, it’s often illogical to the point of madness. While critical thinking skills based on logic are one of our main strengths in evaluating the feasibility of a creative idea, it’s often the enemy of truly innovative thoughts in the first place.
One of the best ways to escape the constraints of your own logical mind is to think metaphorically. One of the reasons why metaphors work so well in communications is that we accept them as true without thinking about it. When you realize that “truth” is often symbolic, you’ll often find that you are actually free to come up with alternatives.