Learn about the core elements of the creative process and what tools you'll need.
Everyone's creative process is their own, and there is no right or wrong way to go about creating. You may find that elements of someone else's process works for you, so it's always interesting to hear about how others work. Some artists, like Stefan Bucher, will make a random mark to begin his monster, and then build it out from there. This is not the right way to go about all art, but it is the foundation for how he makes these particular monsters. Many choose to spend time in a sketchbook working out different ideas before actually beginning a piece.
Von Glitschka is an advocate for this, and you can learn about his process in our short documentary, The Creative Spark: Von Glitschka, Illustrative Designer. Whatever your process is or becomes, the important thing is that it helps you get to the heart of your work as efficiently as possible. If you're new to this process, I suggest starting in a sketchbook. So often, the vision we have in our head needs refinement on paper before it will work.
It's good to get these details pinned down before committing to them. Because of this, sketching and drawing is an important skill to master. So that's a physical part, which is only half the equation. The other half is the idea behind the work. Idea generation, like the physical creative process, is very personal. Some are inspired by ideas, or shapes and colors they see, or emotions they feel, or even other works of art.
Crag Smallish has a great course called Developing Ideas and Design Concepts. In this, he shares his process for developing a good concept, which is key for any type of work. But some days you may not feel inspired. You may show up to the canvas with nothing to offer. Add to that the fact that maybe you're on a deadline and have to produce. This is something creative pros are challenged with every single day. Creative block can be a difficult thing to face, but there are ways of combating it and getting those ideas flowing again.
A lot of these involve doing things differently or stepping away from what you're working on and using your brain on a creative exercise. In our course Breaking Out of a Rut, Stefan Mumaw shows members how to make simple changes that can have a dramatic effect and get those in a rut back to the task at hand. He also has a number of other great creativity courses, including Learning Brainstorming, The Five-Step Creative Process, and Creativity Bootcamp.
I would suggest you just go to his author page and see all the wonderful training he has to offer. Don't sit back and think that great ideas are going to just come to you. You have to work for them. The good news is this process can be a ton of fun, and we have some great tools to get those creative juices flowing when they seem to have dwindled to a trickle.
Kristin Ellison—the content manager of art and illustration at LinkedIn Learning—kicks off the course by walking through the core elements of the creative process: drawing, composition, and color. Next, she highlights the specific skills and software you'll need to successfully launch a career in 2D illustration, 3D illustration, and fine art. To wrap up, Kristin covers the business of art and illustration, sharing how to promote, present, and get paid for your work. Throughout the course, Kristin mentions additional courses you can reference to get an in-depth look at specific tools and skills.
- Learning about the core elements of the creative process
- Understanding the power of composition
- Understanding color
- Pursuing careers in 2D illustration, 3D illustration, and fine art
- Promoting and presenting your work
- Getting paid for your work