Be Creative 2014: Overwhelmed

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I had to take a break from my daily creativity posting, because my day job is just too overwhelming at the moment. It includes working late and on the weekends, and I am just too exhausted to post something every day. As I don’t want this project to be something I have to do, but something fun that I want to do, I will go back to daily postings when the script consulting work is not so demanding any more.

Be Creative 2014: Work Overload, © Ines Häufler

Be Creative 2014: Work Overload, © Ines Häufler

At least I spent some time with my new water colours today…

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Be Creative 2014: Inspiration by Luke Pearson

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Last week I got the book EVERYTHING WE MISS by Luke Peason. It is a story about loss, and missing people, forgetting memories and everything that you value emotionally in your life.

Be Creative: Everything We Miss by Luke Pearson.

Be Creative: Everything We Miss by Luke Pearson.

It is probably one of the saddest stories I’ve ever read, and there is no happy ending. Luke Pearson explores loss on different levels: Losing someone who yo were close to, losing memories of things that were important.

I found it very moving, and also it is another great book published by Nobrow, where you can find a lot of other great graphic novels, comic books and illustration art books. You definitely have to check out their catalog!

Be Creative: Everything We Miss by Luke Pearson.

Be Creative: Everything We Miss by Luke Pearson.

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Be Creative 2014: Exploring Animation

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Today I started to explore the animation tools in Photoshop. It will take some time until I get where I want to be, but this is the good thing about this year’s 365 project: I don’t have to deliver something that is not ready. It is about the creative process, not a “finished” result per day. So stay tuned until the fox starts talking!

Be Creative 2014: The silent fox. © Ines Häufler

Be Creative 2014: The silent fox. © Ines Häufler

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Be Creative 2014: The Dancing Fox

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I am toying around with the blue linocut fox I made a few days ago. I want to animate a little sequence in Photoshop. It’s fun, and I am getting used to working with my new Wacom tablet (I never had a graphic tablet before. Very exciting!).

Here is a little teaser:

Be Creative 2014: The Blue Fox No.1, © Ines Häufler

Be Creative 2014: The Blue Fox No.1, © Ines Häufler

Be Creative 2014: The Blue Fox No.2, © Ines Häufler

Be Creative 2014: The Blue Fox No.2, © Ines Häufler

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Be Creative 2014: Hello, Vine!

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I am going to get creative with the Vine app a little bit. I was searching the web for some inspiration by creative Vine users, but I could hardly find any. Creative Vine people, where are you?

I stumbled upon this great account by Brock Davis. I really like his visual humor.   

Here is my own Vine account. And if you find any great creative examples of Vine videos, leave me a note in the comments!

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Be Creative: Social Network Drawing

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I am a lot on Facebook. Maybe I am a bit addicted, but on the other hand there are so many great links and activities from my friends that generate a constant flow of (mostly) interesting stuff. As I find it really hard to squeeze in focused time for drawing in my script consulting job schedule, I started doodling the pictures from my Facebook and Twitter streams for a few minutes.

Social Network Drawing, © Ines Häufler

Social Network Drawing, © Ines Häufler

I am really not satisfied with the outcome at all, but on the other hand it is better than nothing, right? And it has Amanda Palmer in it who says that she loves me. Which is not bad, either.

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Be Creative 2014: Inspiration by The New Yorker

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Some years ago I subscribed to The New Yorker. In recent months I have sometimes thought about canceling it, because I have hardly time to read anything. But when I lose myself in one of the long, well written articles every few weeks, I cannot but extend the subscription again – for me this is simply one of the best magazines out there.

Now that my interest in editorial illustration grows, The New Yorker has become a wonderful source of inspiration. So I sifted through some of the unread magazines from the last months, and here are a few examples I found:

The New Yorker illustrations, © photo: Ines Häufler

The New Yorker illustrations, © photo: Ines Häufler

On the top left you see an illustration by Victo Ngai, who I introduced to you here. You can read some details about the piece on her Tumblr.

The one on the top in the middle is not an illustration commissioned by the magazine, but an ad for the tv series Mad Men. The Mad Men team did not copy the style from a 1960ies ad, but they asked the illustrator Brian Sanders, now 75, who worked during that period and had exactly the style they were aiming for. Here is an article with more details. And here is an interview with Sanders on the official Mad Men blog, including some images of the process. I really like the mad Men’s team love for details and that they opted for the original style, and not for a (computer generated) “fake”.

On the top right you see the cover of The New Yorker from June 28th 2013 by Jack Hunter. It shows Ernie and Bert happy in front of the tv as the Supreme Court had allowed legal gay marriage. I like the serene atmosphere and minimalistic composition in combination with a strong pop cultural reference. Read a bit more about it here.

On the bottom row there is an illustration for a fiction piece, done by Jeffrey Decoster. I like simple linedrawings like this one a lot. And also how the red and blue lines indicate the distance and closeness between the man and the woman. There are many more on his website.

The bird in the middle is by Marco Mazzoni. He draws with coloured pencils. As you might have seen by now, I like illustrations that are not completely done in the computer. I like it if you can still see and feel the artistic skills like drawing. I guess I am a bit old school regarding that. Marco Mazzoni gives a lot of insight in his process on his Tumblr.

And the smaller piece on the bottom right is by Martin Ansin. The style of the image reminds me a bit of asian wood block prints. Though I can feel a lot of computer work in many of his pieces (but that is just a matter of taste, as I said I am a bit old school), there are a lot of very interesting poster designs for new and old movies in his portfolio. Check out this poster for Taxi Driver.

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Be Creative 2014: Work Life Balance

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Today was the first real working day after my two weeks holiday break. I am working as a script consultant in the tv and film industry for 10 years now, and I still love my job. But finding the balance between work and my creative life is not always easy, also in terms of energy.

I managed to squeeze in some practice though – I am drawing faces. It is still quite hard for me, but it is getting better. It reminds me of learning how to play the piano: When I started to practice every day for just half an hour, I saw massive improvements. And to be honest – there is always room for half an hour of practice, for everything. (And if I will stop playing Candy Crush Saga, I’ll have even more time on my hands…)

Be Creative 2014: Faces, © Ines Häufler

Be Creative 2014: Faces, © Ines Häufler

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Be Creative 2014: Inspiration by Victo Ngai

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I love the internet, because I am finding tons of inspiration and can study the work of the most talented artists. Losing myself in the creative worlds of others is also part of my project. So every now and then I am going to share images and websites that inspire me.

I am starting with Victo Ngai, an illustrator from Hong Kong, based in New York.

© Victo Ngai

Her works sometimes breathe the atmosphere of old Asian wood cuts, even if they depict modern subjects. I like her style a lot. She has a great Tumblr, where she sometimes also posts the sketches for her work. You can also find her on Facebook and Twitter.

This is one of my favourite pieces:

© Victo Ngai

And then I discovered this touching story about vanishing memories:

© Victo Ngai

So get inspired by Victo Ngai’s work, it is just some clicks away!

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Be Creative 2014: Portfolio and Practice

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I finally uploaded my first work on my Behance portfolio. You can now meet the Talking Cookies there, and more will follow. I am just beginning to explore the Behance network – there is some excellent work to be found, and lots of inspiration!

My portfolio on Behance

My portfolio on Behance

I also started sketching. I want to revisit a linocut I did in 2012. I was never satisfied with the outcome, so I want to draw it this time and see where it takes me. But I have to practice a lot, because I still suck at drawing people, though I see that I got a bit better since I went to a life drawing course last fall. Now off to the drawing board. If I do not practice, I will suck forever. (So there is nothing to lose, I cannot get worse, only better, which is kind of great, don’t you think?)

Be Creative 2014: Creepy Girl, © Ines Häufler

Be Creative 2014: Creepy Girl, © Ines Häufler

P.S.: Yes, the girl is supposed to look a bit creepy, thank you for asking.

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