Sometimes I draw off the wall stuff in my sketchbooks. No rhyme, no reason. Just mindless explorations and experimentations. It’s entertaining to see what ends up on the page.
When we sketch with reckless abandon, there’s no pressure. We can just have fun and see where the doodling takes us.
The same is true with free-flowing, creative writing. Or improvisational music. Freeing your creative mind from rules, familiar paths and expectations opens the portals of authentic expression.
The stuff you come up with can surprise you. Like “toilet man.” I have no idea where that came from. It’s so random, it’s funny.
If you crave creative growth, embrace experimentation.
Ballet to breakdancing
I like to explore stylistic changes, color effects and different expressions. The benefit of these creative meanderings is that I discover new approaches and ideas. Also, I start to recognize crutches. Devices and tricks that I rely on too much.
The more you experiment in your creative craft, the more you learn. Writers who force themselves to try poetry, for example, may uncover new understandings. Ballerinas who dabble with breakdancing may experience new movements and stylistic approaches.
The key is to give yourself permission to play. To forget the rules. To risk and fail. But most of all, to have fun.
Something more authentic
There’s something more authentic and less forced about sketchbook doodles. Amid the mistakes and blunders are a few gems and new discoveries. Plus, it’s fun to sketch with no rules or guidelines. It makes me feel like a kid again.
The drawings often make no sense whatsoever. I’ve drawn pages of comics with characters making non-sensical comments. I guess they’re “subconscious comics.” But it’s fascinating to see what emerges when we shut off our minds and just tinker aimlessly.
Friends and family who view my sketchbooks and meandering doodles think I’ve lost it, but that’s okay. The point is not to make sense, but to channel a bit of improvisational, free flowing artwork. It’s where the collision of ideas and new approaches happen.
Life has enough pressures
A sketch is a preliminary or unfinished drawing. It doesn’t have to be pretty or perfect. Its only job is to explore, practice, discover and have fun. Life has enough pressures. Don’t let them creep into your creative exploits.
Creative experimentation is a gift you give yourself. You simply take away the stress of performance and dive in. Interestingly, the more relaxed you are, the easier your self-expression flows.
Some artists and creatives get so wrapped up in their productivity and work, they forget to experiment and have fun. They might feel like they’re wasting time, but they’re not.
Your art needs downtime. To breathe. Reflect. Experiment. Grow. Imagine if Jackson Pollock never experimented? He’d never have arrived at his signature, drippy style.
Take your passion to the next level
Do yourself a favor. Whatever your creative discipline, make more time to explore and mess around.
Try new things, absent the pressure of a finished product. Whether you’re a writer, artist, musician, athlete, etc, there’s always room for experimentation and playful exploration.
You just might discover new things and take your passion to the next level!