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Cooking is a brilliant analogy for creativity: a chef’s talents hinge on his ability to bring ingredients together to create things. Even the most inspired chef in history did not make bacon appear by mere concentration, nor suggest to the divine forces that a ripe tomato should be on the list of evolution’s desired outcomes. Faith in the creativity-as-combinations view of the world helps creators in many ways. It means that if at any time you feel uncreative, the solution is to look more carefully at the combinations available to you, or to break apart something to see how it’s made. Increasing creativeness doesn’t require anything more than increasing your observations: become more aware of possible combinations. Here’s a test: quickly pick two things in front of you, say, this book and your annoying, smelly friend Rupert. Now close your eyes and imagine different ways to combine them.

If you’re stuck, here are three:

• Rupert with a table of contents
• An annoying, smelly book about innovation
• Reading a book on, or making one out of, Rupert’s face

Now while these combos might not be useful, good, or even practical, they’re certainly creative (and if you think these are stupid and juvenile, you have confused bad taste with lack of creativity). Adding a third element, perhaps a gallon of cappuccino, might yield even more interesting combinations (a caffeine-overdosed, smelly book infused with Rupert’s annoying personality).

Over time, creative masters learn to find, evaluate, and explore more combinations than other people. They get better at guessing which combinations will be more interesting, so their odds improve. They also learn there are reusable patterns that can be used to develop new ideas. For example, musicians throughout history have reused melodies, chord progressions, and even entire song structures. The national anthem of the United States was based on the tune of an old British drinking song. The Disney film The Lion King is a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Shakespeare was likely influenced by the early Greek tragedies. Study any creative field, from comedy to cooking to writing, and you’ll discover patterns of reuse and recombination everywhere. It’s an illusion that when an artist makes a painting or an author writes a novel it appeared magically into her hands from out of nowhere. Everything comes from somewhere, no matter how amazing or wonderful the thing is. The Mona Lisa was not the first portrait any more than the Destiny’s Child song “Survivor” was the first four- minute R&B hit.

I’m not suggesting you steal something someone else made and put your name on it. That’s theft, and a fairly uncreative kind of theft at that. Instead, the goal is to recognize how much in the world there is to borrow from, reuse, reinterpret, use as inspiration, or recombine without breaking laws or violating trust. Every field has its own rules and limitations, but creative fields are more liberal than you’d expect.

- Scott Berkun

If you're striving to be absolutely original, you're engaging in an act of futility.  The most original works of art, be they paintings or musical compositions or novels, draw from what has gone before.  On the other hand, the way you see the world is yours and yours alone; it is inevitably unlike anyone else's. The trick is to be able to highlight your special angle of vision, to offset it from conventional perceptions.  After all, in the words of the distinguished writing teacher Sidney Cox (Indirections For Those Who Want To Write), "The only thing that makes you more than a drop in the common bucket...  is the interplay of your specialness with your commonness."

- Fred White
  • Mood: Sunny Mood
  • Listening to: the sound of one hand clapping
  • Reading: between the lines
  • Watching: the wheels go round and round
  • Playing: the fool
  • Eating: my words
  • Drinking: to that

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Tim
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If you visit my page, feel free to leave a comment. It doesn't even have to be gushing words of praise (though I am sure we all love to get those). I consider myself a competent artist but I would like to graduate from being competent to being good.... and maybe after that has been accomplished, move on to being great. So constructive criticism is very much welcomed as well.

TIP: 'Dude, your art sux!' is not constructive criticism.

P.S. All the watchers - much appreciated! Stalking is socially acceptable here on deviantart :-)
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EyeOfHobus Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the llama! :) (Smile) 
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pin100 Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the3d Llama Badge !
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harvester89 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
thx for the llama :3
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MarSchons Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
thanks for the llama!
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You rock! Headbang! Hi! 
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iceeagle11 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, awesome person! thanks for enjoying my art
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Dragon-flame13 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2015   Artisan Crafter
Thanks for the llama!!
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Blue-Mantis Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
A gallery full of good ideas out here. :) I really love the messages and the fact that our art let the free way to interpretations of all kind. It's very special, unique, I love it ! 
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bluefluke Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015
Hey, thanks for the llama. You are awesome! :meow:
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nbgodzilla86 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2015
ty for the llama
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AvidCommenter Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015   Writer
Thanks for the llama.
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SelkisFritz Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
thanks for the llama!
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crshh Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2015
Thanks for the llama.
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TealSpace Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2015
I appreciate the llama badge. 
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LaFemmeJennifer Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the llama!
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RenaisAngel Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2015  Student General Artist
thanks for the llama!
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Zivichi Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Student General Artist
Thanks for the llama! :happybounce: 
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crimsonavengerv2 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday Tim
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faithtg Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Student Digital Artist
happy birthday! :D
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Jakeukalane Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Happy birthday! :)
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Eliasome Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2015   Photographer
Happy Birthday, Sir Philosopher!!  Idea Magnify  Thumbs Up 
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Oleg-Bardenkov Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Happy Birthday, Tim!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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GreenLightning1 Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Thank You For The Llama! Racing Girl Emoji (Heart shot wink) [V3] 
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MarbleIsland Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2014
Thank you very much for the llama! :D
And happy new year too! 
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Tharjana Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the :llama:
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