Creativity, Art, Inspiration – The Spice of Life?
I’d just like to start off by saying thank you to everyone’s favorite BrightEyedDyer, Sue, for inviting me to come on and talk about creativity and the like. I had never really considered myself a creative or artistic person before a few years ago – but that’s not to say that I never wanted to be, I just didn’t know how. I always loved the art classes I took in school, but everything was structured and was rare to have something that allowed you to be creative from start to finish including the brainstorming process.
Well, all that has now changed. I work for a small US based publishing house, Variance, with some big authors on the roster. I am the Assistant Publisher, dealing with all of the pre-production aspects of what goes into a book which includes cover design, interior layout, web production, trailer creation, and a bunch more. I love being creative, I love being inspired. Hands down, it makes you feel good to create something from someone else’s thoughts, like a cover, through descriptions of worlds, creatures, or situations, and adapt it into something that people want to pick up because it was eye-catching – giving that book a second life when being purchased from the .coms, or brick and mortar and mom and pop stores.
I wish covers and interiors were as easy as just being inspired or creative though. There is a lot that goes into creating proper design including a great deal of art theory – balance, color, depth, typesetting. I still have a lot to learn, and truly want to increase my craft to continue providing these services at a higher level for both the company I work for and my freelance work. I have been very fortunate to work with some well-known and up-and-coming authors, like #1 international bestselling author Steven Savile, NY Times bestselling author Steve Alten, Sean Ellis, Steve Lockley, Willie Meikle, and Jeremy Robinson. Each has pushed me to adapt and hone my skills, which only further increases my will to do better work.
Within the coming weeks, I plan to start an art class in exchange for web work, cover design, and ebook creation and am really looking forward to it. A huge inspiration to me is education – learning new things is so important – and then being able to turn around and use them to in an environment conducive to forwarding not only my career, but self esteem. Isn’t that what most people want… to be successful? To feel accomplished? I may never be a millionaire, but I’ll enjoy working toward it.
The original question I asked in the title – is all this the spice of life – we need to think about what spices are used for: to enhance, bring variety, add quality. Creativity, art, and inspiration come from different places for each individual. I hope you all find what inspires you, create something that makes you happy, and show that art off to kick-start that cycle in someone else adding spice to their life, and yours.
If you would like to make contact, please come find me on Facebook where I have more samples of my work. Just let me know you’re coming from here in the friending process. Many thanks, take care.