PROCESS SALAD

Everything: Advice, Case Studies, Fun Stuff

Mushrooms!

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Designing a mushroom character for fun.

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Writing “Groundhog Day”: did it really take less than a week?

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The classic movie “Groundhog Day” is a masterpiece, and the screenwriter’s story of how it was conceived and written is fascinating. What can we learn from it about the creative process?

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Listen to Your Captures

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Can these “wrong” drawings be better than the “fixed” ones?

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Is Your Computer Killing Your Ideas?

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Everything in the digital world is easily undoable, resize-able, zoom-in-able, copy-paste-able and changeable. But is that really a good thing?

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Please Don’t Call Me Talented

Please Don't Call Me Talented: a guest post by Barak Drori. (Photo: Vince Alongi)

Is “talented” a compliment or an insult? In this guest post, animator and effects artist Barak Drori explains why he doesn’t like being called “talented”.

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CAPTURE

Summarize, Condense, Simplify, Doodle

What My Camera Didn’t See

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I felt like capturing this image as it registered in my mind (the camera didn’t see it the same way…)

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Mammoth on the Bus: How Switching Mediums Helped Me See What I Was Missing

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A vivid example of how switching mediums helps shed new light on your subject and escape your medium-specific habits.

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6 Tools To Grasp Your Initial Ideas

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A list of great capturing tools, for a variety of mediums and types of projects. Each tool comes with a brief explanation of how it can speed up or enhance your captures. Most of the tools are basically free.

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AppSpace Capture [App Design]

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Quick sketches from the AppSpace Widget (my Android app).

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One Shot, Two Brains [animation]

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One animation shot, two kinds of CAPTURE.

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DREAM

Play, Guess, Suggest, Invent, Originate

Mushrooms!

1mush

Designing a mushroom character for fun.

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Is Your Computer Killing Your Ideas?

wait for ideas post

Everything in the digital world is easily undoable, resize-able, zoom-in-able, copy-paste-able and changeable. But is that really a good thing?

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[Infographic] Brainstorming made simple

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The process of brainstorming visually explained.

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Of Pirates and Freshness

Of Pirates and Freshness

The first of 3 pillars of artistic quality: Freshness.

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Process Keyword: Concept

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The notion of having a well-defined concept to your work may seem like a no-brainer, but it is actually a very slippery thing to handle. Here’s a sad example…

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EXPLORE

Experiment, understand, expand, develop

Writing “Groundhog Day”: did it really take less than a week?

groundhog-day

The classic movie “Groundhog Day” is a masterpiece, and the screenwriter’s story of how it was conceived and written is fascinating. What can we learn from it about the creative process?

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To Fall In Love With a Parking Lot

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Everything has a story. All you have to do is find it. Look at something boring for long enough, and you will fall in love with it.

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Audio post: The Explorer Explained

Image by Vik Nanda

What’s the role of the Explorer in the creative process, and why should you care? A detailed answer, this time in audio format.

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Tip: Cracking the Tough Creative Problems

Solving the Tough Creative Problems

Find out how Google employees solve tough problems using a pool table.

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Process Keyword: Vision

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Exploring is the process of developing a raw idea into a full vision. What is this vision, and why do you need it?

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MAKE

Construct, Produce, Craft, Shape, Build

Grumpy Old Men: Process of an Animation Exercise

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The complete working process on a short animation exercise – sketches and videos included.

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Am I Sabotaging My Creative Flow?

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4 working habits that can ruin your creative flow.

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This Is NOT An Angry Old Man

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This optical Illusion will teach you an important lesson about the creative process.

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Sorry, wrong context: a grand creative faliure

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The sad story of how I wasted a month of my life because of a stupid mistake.

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KISS BEST: 4 tips for being simple and complex at the same time

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How, from the creative process point of view, can we attempt to achieve that elusive quality of seemingly simple complexity?

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PRO

Systemize, Plan, Organize, Collaborate

Writing “Groundhog Day”: did it really take less than a week?

groundhog-day

The classic movie “Groundhog Day” is a masterpiece, and the screenwriter’s story of how it was conceived and written is fascinating. What can we learn from it about the creative process?

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“As Soon As I’ve Checked My Emails”: Why Artists Procrastinate

Procrastination: I never put it off!

I know you never EVER procrastinate… but IF you did – why would it be, and how would you solve it?

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Creative Profession: Academic Studies vs. Self-Learning ?

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A comprehensive answer with a surprising conclusion – the cheapest, most flexible and fastest way to learn a creative profession.

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Why We Create Better Under Pressure (And How To Use It)

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A short analysis of what makes us create better under pressure, and a few ideas about how to get that “pressure performance” without actually being under pressure.

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Getting Through the More Tedious Parts of Creativity

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How to use micro deadlines to get through the more tedious parts of the creative process.

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Mushrooms!

1mush

Designing a mushroom character for fun.

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Writing “Groundhog Day”: did it really take less than a week?

groundhog-day

The classic movie “Groundhog Day” is a masterpiece, and the screenwriter’s story of how it was conceived and written is fascinating. What can we learn from it about the creative process?

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Process of Pros: JP Vine

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Process examples from my friend JP Vine – an awesome storyboard artist (currently boarding for Pixar), comics artist, illustrator, and much more.

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Grumpy Old Men: Process of an Animation Exercise

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The complete working process on a short animation exercise – sketches and videos included.

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Aaron Blaise Work Process [Animation/Illustration]

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Process analysis of a drawing by Aaron Blaise, and how to implement it in different creative fields.

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Keywords First Line

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Process Keyword: Context

Keyword: Context

Knowing how to work well within a given context is a hallmark of true professionalism.

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Process Keyword: Concept

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The notion of having a well-defined concept to your work may seem like a no-brainer, but it is actually a very slippery thing to handle. Here’s a sad example…

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Process Keyword: Working in Passes

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To get a sense of what working in passes looks like, imagine seeing a cathedral from a great distance…

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Process Keyword: Vision

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Exploring is the process of developing a raw idea into a full vision. What is this vision, and why do you need it?

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Process Keyword: Premake

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At the very heart of the creative process is the premake. Find out what it means!

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