#CBloggers17: Creative Process

Day two of the #Cbloggers17 link up is all about creative process. I find it so interesting to hear / read about people's creative process because everyone has completely different ways of doing things, even when creating the same piece. It gives you such an insight into a creative's work and all the love and attention that goes into their work. 


First Up: The Idea & Inspiration

My creative process tends to start with an idea or a brief. I then research into that idea/brief, deconstructing it and figuring out the keywords that I will use for sketching and inspiration. I begin with sketching, even getting down rough, quick ideas is better than a blank sketchbook page. However, sometimes inspiration comes before sketching, these two are interchangeable in my process as sometimes ideas come quickly and sometimes they don't. I take inspiration from the world around me, design books or Pinterest. With Pinterest, though, it is easy to get caught up with what other people are doing rather than doing things your way.


Next: Developing & Finalising

Once I have selected a concept that I am happy with, I begin to develop it on the computer. This stage can take the longest as sometimes your sketch doesn't go to plan as well as you hoped or refining and tweaking to get colours and elements perfect can take a while (READ: absolute perfectionist). The developing stage continues until I have a final piece that I / the client is happy with. This piece then gets exported into the required sizes or, for large pieces of work, can be broken down as extra social media assets.


Essentials: The Tools

Writing this list made me realise how many tools I use when creating my work. Some of these I use everyday while some I use very occasionally but I tried to include everything I could think of:

  • Sketchbook
  • Pens / Pencils
  • Rubber
  • Ruler (preferably a metal one)
  • Graphics Tablet
  • Mac
  • Adobe Creative Cloud (mainly Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop)
  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Scalpel
  • Cutting Mat
  • Printer
  • Design Books
  • Laminator
  • Stapler
  • Foil
  • GF Smith Paper Swatch Book
  • Pantone Swatch Book(s)
  • Inks 
  • Paintbrushes
  • UHU Glue
  • Washi Tape
  • Hard Drive

I hope this post give you a little bit of an insight into my creative process. Do you have a creative process? What is it? Let me know if you are also taking part in the #CBloggers17 link up, I'd love to read your posts!