During my third year of University, it’s been hard to accept commissions, tattoo designs, collaborations etc. and get creative. It has truly sucked. Even though my thesis is on creativity itself- it has literally put me in a ‘glass case of emotion’ (thanks, Anchorman).
But all has ended, the grey cloud has gone- and suddenly, I got my new art book out and began some doodles. The creative process is so far from logical. You can’t just force yourself to create something (well… I can’t at least), it comes from a quirky place that almost clicks somehow. You get an idea, and then ding ding ding! you have to start drawing. A concept is there and you just have to go with it’s natural flow. Even if you’re sat on the train somewhere. I always carry a little artbook around just in case. (If you wanna check out my recent designs and artwork get yo’ butt to my Instagram ‘kimmykeepreal‘ and follow! I mostly post there!)
Some of my best friends are in a local band here in Yorkshire called Outsider, where they take their influences from punk and most of the bands I listen to, such as Balance & Composure and Title Fight to name a couple. I got a rad little message from my best bro Aron (the bassist) who asked if I could design their first merch with the ideas that he had. Then voilà! I started to play with a few sketches. I don’t normally draw animals, so it was actually real cool to get out of my comfort zone. But the band wanted a design of a Whale and I got cracking on. Turns out they totally dig it, so they’re making t-shirts with the illustration I did. Insanely cool!! They should be available real soon, but I’ll keep you updated for those who are interested.
This week, I also met up with my close friend Diane before our lecture- who in turn wants to set up her own business after graduation. Unlike my creative entrepreneurial ideas, she would love to open up her own Counselling Practice for Children. A fantastic idea, and it’s so inspiring to clearly see in her how much she really wants that. It drives me to go for my dreams too. By sitting down in our favourite cafe, discussing what we wanted and how we were going to get there- really gave me the feeling of ‘I can and I will’. Having people around you who are just as driven as you are, can really influence your potential. And I absolutely adore that. It’s empowering, it’s motivation and it’s inspiring. I really hope you have people like that around you, dear blogger/reader. A very wonderful (and slightly cheesy), fantastic quote I hold dear is actually from the film ’10 Things I Hate About You’ which is ‘Don’t let anyone ever make you feel like you don’t deserve what you want’.
And really, it’s irrevocably true.