i’m not interested in resilience, but in how to move through this world with reciprocal tenderness, even though this only works with people interested in the same thing.
The daily routine of most adults is so heavy and artificial that we are closed off to much of the world. We have to do this in order to get our work done. I think one purpose of art is to get us out of those routines. When we hear music or poetry or stories, the world opens up again. We’re drawn in — or out — and the windows of our perception are cleansed, as William Blake said. The same thing can happen when we’re around young children or adults who have unlearned those habits of shutting the world out.
Ursula Le Guin
The most overlooked skill as a visually creative person is the ability to explain your ideas with words. When we only use visual reference to explain our idea, we risk fabricating something too close to what has already been established because the new creation lacks narrative.
The best creations are not informed purely by photographs, design, or videos. The best creations start with a story, that is manifested through whatever medium best fits in delivering the message.
So where the visual reference (or what has already been made) falls short to fully explain the idea, the story fills in the gaps to make it unique.
The difference between good and great in a highly competitive and dense market is your ability to tell a better story than the person next to you. So create with intention. Read and write as much as you possibly can. It can only make you better.
Whether reading a book, watching a film, or observing a painting, make sure you make it yours.
That means internalizing your perception via a filter, ideally in relation to an idea, point of view or project you're currently engaged with.
Often, you will have a stronger connection to the work, as you are embodying it within a relatable context. And it enables you to appreciate the work over time, via different vantages.