Drawing Tip 3:
*Every* idea counts:
A question I get asked frequently is “Where do your ideas/concepts come from?” It might sound unbelievable but I would get roughly 20 ideas for a finished illustration a day. Some that I just don’t have the time to explore, others that are definitely finished pieces. That’s why I carry a small A5 notebook and a pencil with me everywhere.
So I can quickly scribble down creative thoughts that run into my head. It is something that I don’t force. It occurs organically, specifically when I’m doing mundane things like traveling on the bus or going to bed. I do my best to draw what I see in my mind, getting the color and tones down too. Then if I feel that the idea is good enough to pursue, I will sketch up a more detailed rough and decide on what techniques to use and what colors would best work. Never ever discard an idea, no matter how wacky or absurd it might seem. It’s these off the radar concepts that you should always pay attention to and try to develop.
Quirky ideas go hand in hand with your own personal style of drawing…they will make you be constantly original and keep you working onto the next concept and developing the next illustration.
So no matter how strange an idea is - pursue it!