Breaking The Creativity Block with John Robinson
As most creatives know finding the inspiration as well as the motivation to keep creating is difficult. Pushing self doubt and worries aside, John Robinson of Hello Mr. Robinson is a graphic designer and visual storyteller from the DC area. John decided 2017 would be his year to put his creativity to the test through his project, #TheCreativeType. Quirktastic had a chance to pick the brain of a fellow artist to get some tips on how to find the courage and inspiration to push through the creative blocks we all know so well.
Q: What drove you to challenge yourself to create a new work of art every day in 2017?
JR: My desire to be more shameless was my inspiration to start my daily challenge (#TheCreativeType). I was disappointed in the fact that I was doing more client work than personal projects and I felt my creativity was suffering. So I started the challenge, which I design and release on Instagram, from Mon-Fri until the end of 2017. I also wanted to establish an active presence on social media and I've been able to engage with my friends and supporters because of the project.
Q: What is the most challenging thing about creating a new piece each day?
JR: Coming up with consistent and interesting designs has been a bit frustrating. I have to remind myself why I started the project so it's fun and feels less like a chore.
Q: Where do you draw your creativity from?
JR: I draw creativity from everything - photos, quotes, tv, conversations. Once I get an idea, I let the juices flow and form into a visual design.
Q: What advice do you have for fellow creative types who suffer from a block with their work?
JR: Take plenty of mental breaks and don't be so hard on yourself. Easier said than done, but making an effort to take a breath will help push through creative blocks.