For guarantee interest and excitement, here's how to find a new view.
Jot down the goal and possible contents for an upcoming illustration concept. During relaxed moments, turn individual objects around until they relate to each other in unusual ways. Note or sketch positions, relationships or anything else that feels meaningful. We're not necessarily expecting solutions yet, just the beginnings of an idea. Any word combinations that come to mind, record them too. Try to keep it all legible and accessible on a single sheet of paper. The point is to get pertinent visuals in our grasp before trying to formulate a finished concept.
The key to making this strategy work is fending off pressure. With practice, we can use time to its best advantage without letting outside influences pressure us into a poor or desperate solution. All we need do is be firm about allowing ourselves just two hours to be spent in tiny increments during a four day period. When used up in two to four minute blocks of time, that averages out to about thirty mini-creative sessions with ten minutes left over to do an understandable little thumbnail. If we stay calm and allow it to happen, the reward will be a neat new way of looking at something.
Part of the concept for this sample is what came to mind when I viewed a keyboard from many different angles. The value of using little people came later. As for setting the scene at night, this decision seemed correct through the entire process.
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