ABSTRACT ERIC KIM EYE by ANNETTE KIM

How to Get Out of a Creative Slump

ABSTRACT ERIC KIM EYE by ANNETTE KIM
ABSTRACT ERIC KIM EYE by ANNETTE KIM

How do we overcome our creative sloth, and to re-inspire ourselves, and get out of a creative slump?


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1. Trace your own pictures

For fun, I’ve been tracing my favorite pictures with my iPad and the Procreate app.

The reason why this has helped me overcome my creative slump is that it makes me realize:

It isn’t about being a great photographer — it is about being a great “visual artist”.

A “visual artist” doesn’t put limits on themselves. A visual artist sees opportunities, rather than barriers which are defined by “genres” in art.

When I figured out, that I could be creative and artistic regardless of what tool I used (iPad, phone, camera, digital or film, pen, paper, etc), I got a HUGE NEW WAVE of inspiration and motivation in my creative spirit.

Leading lines. ERIC KIM DYNAMIC COMPOSITION

Dynamic low angle composition. Tokyo, 2011 by ERIC KIM

DYNAMIC REFLECTIONS. Man and three reflections by ERIC KIM
DYNAMIC REFLECTIONS. Man and three reflections by ERIC KIM. Made with iPad Pro and Procreate app.
Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM
Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Made with iPad Pro and Procreate app.Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM
Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM
Woman and door. Chiaroscuro. DYNAMIC LIGHT AND SHADOW. Hanoi, 2016 by ERIC KIM

2. Surrounding yourself with other creative people

HAPTICLABS KYOTO OFFICE: ANNETTE KIM, JENNIFER NGUYEN, CINDY NGUYEN working on CREATIVE EVERY DAY
HAPTICLABS KYOTO OFFICE: ANNETTE KIM, JENNIFER NGUYEN, CINDY NGUYEN working on CREATIVE EVERY DAY

Ever since I’ve been working more closely with HAPTICLABS I’ve been insanely inspired.

Making illustrations

VITRUVIAN CAMERA by ANNETTE KIM
VITRUVIAN CAMERA by ANNETTE KIM

For example, my sister ANNETTE KIM is a talented illustrator who has made tons of illustrations and images out of scratch — which has inspired me to make more of my own illustrations.

PIET MONDRIAN x ERIC KIM
PIET MONDRIAN x ERIC KIM

Video and film making

My partner CINDY NGUYEN has inspired me to enhance my visual artistry, to also make films, music, and to think more of myself as a “visual storyteller”.

Science

Here in Berlin, we’ve spent much time with our friends Natalie and Stoytcho— who are incredibly talented science, computer science, and engineering minds. Their perspectives have invigorated me to start studying:

  • Neural networks
  • Biology
  • Science

Like Leonardo da Vinci and Steve Jobs, I wish to marry the sciences with the humanities. I think true art is a combination of science and the humanities.

So as a creative, don’t limit yourself to just “art” or photography. Study science, math, engineering, physics, to push your ideas, thoughts, limits, and creative spirit.

LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM SKETCH
Vitruvian Man: LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM SKETCH on iPad Pro and Procreate app

3. CREATE, CREATE, CREATE (and share)

LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM SKETCH
LEONARDO DA VINCI x ERIC KIM SKETCH

There is no such thing as a “creative” person in the sense that some people are just naturally endowed with “thinking creatively”.

No. To be a “creative” person is to CREATE! To make stuff! To make pictures, drawings, illustrations, films, and music.

SHARE YOUR ART: From CREATIVE EVERY DAY Mobile Edition
SHARE YOUR ART: From CREATIVE EVERY DAY Mobile Edition

To build stuff, and to share them.

You have a duty as a visual artist to make things, and SHARE them. Do it for yourself, and do it to empower humanity.

CREATE EVERY DAY,
ERIC

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