Chris Nixon on creativity
What do you do when those creative juices have stopped flowing? How do you exercise your imagination when faced with a blank canvas?
We asked some of our artists what they do to be more creative and how they keep that creative flow going. While it's not always an easy step by step process, here are some insights into different creative processes that can help you keep being creative.
Perth-based Chris Nixon is a creative force. From children’s books to animation, commercial illustration to large scale public art, Nixon threads a distinct style across all scales and sizes to extend his creativity.
We asked him what he does to be creative and he responded with a list of 10 helpful points.
1. Wake up fresh
2. Stretch: First thing in the morning & regularly throughout the day
3. Coffee/ tea while I read through emails: Getting out for a coffee somewhere busy is especially helpful for me when I’m coming up with ideas - I find the noise helps me focus and I can sketch or write away. The ideas often come to me when I take myself out of my studio space, it gets me pumped to head back to the studio to execute and hit the ground running.
4. Get out for a surf if possible or get out for a run/walk with my studio mate, Bowie.
5. Try to ignore emails - answer the bulk between 7-9 and 3-5pm
6. Read the news and a quick scan on the net for general inspiration - outside of illustration or traditional forms of design. News & sport keep me on a routine and keep me connected to the world outside of social media.
7. Don’t look at social media more than once.
8. Put something on paper - a sketch, handwritten notes or lettering to get my brain working in that ‘work’ space. Using my hands and staying away from digital as much as possible is a huge influence on my work.
9. Get outside - get some sunshine if possible.
10. Remember to enjoy what I do. Keep things in perspective and enjoy the process.