Saturday, March 21, 2009

How do you come up with your ideas?






How do I come up with my ideas, is a question Im frequently asked. After subjecting myself to close observation for centuries, Ive discovered that I have a few methods that I use individually and in combination to assist me. Perhaps they will one day work for you.

SCREAM DRAW RP UP DRAWING METHOD
Art is not for whimps! It's warfare! you're face to face with a blank sheet of paper, a few markers, a cup of coffee, and an impossible deadline! What do you do? If you dont wanna sell pencils on a bowery street corner, you start drawing ..... A LOT. I will go through sketch upon sketch upon sketch screaming, ripping it up, throwing it across the room, drawing again and again until finally it's right!!! It this method doesnt work, I resort to method two...

RACKING YOUR BRAIN

Your Brain is your own personal computer, or File cabinet depending how old you are. Its full ideas, memories, impressions but its really hard to get at sometimes, You gotta put yourself in a place where you can take that gray matter outta your skull and examine it up close and personal until you find that idea or concept you're searching for. Be patient though and unlike the previous method, dont go throwing pieces of your brain all over the room. You wanna keep those pieces in tack because you'll have to put them back into your skull when you're done... The Next Method is similar to this one and it's called

SEARCH DEEP INSIDE YOURSELF
It the answers not in your brain, maybe it's in your heart somewhere! Keep looking be aggressive If you are patient and look deep inside your own conciousness, you will begin to make connections and associations that will jumpstart an idea for you. When searching deep inside of yourself, be careful that you dont puncture your lung. That kinda hurts...

HITS YOU OUTTA NOWEHERE METHOD

Be prepared for an idea to literally hit you outta nowhere! This sometimes happens when Im doing something totally unrelated to the work itself. Sometimes Im out taking a walk, or jogging and BAM! The Idea hits me like a Pissed off Monkey whose lost his blue jeans! Once you regain conciousness make sure you write the idea down so you dont forget it, and next time carry an extra bannana for the monkey.

WHEN ALL ELSE FAILS I RIDE THE TRAIN
they dont call me subwaysurfer for nothin! Its been said that there are eight million stories in the naked city! im willing to bet that half of em can be found by riding public transportation. Riding the trains literally brings the world to you. Remember to soak in the sights the sounds, and record what you see in your sketchbook! Ive been doing this for years, and not only has it kept me interested, but most of you who read this blog also! uh OH! I hear my train coming! Gotta Go! Hope you enjoyed this cartoon segment!

2 comments:

Emily Anthony said...

Greeeeaaaaaat post, Elgin! Both the writing and the comic art!

Angie Jordan said...

Great cartoon work Elgin! Love the action!