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.