Creativity in Work: Practical Tips for Artistic Jobs
Written by  Daisie Team
Published on 5 min read


Unleash Creativity

Manage Time

Seek Inspiration

Practice Skills

Develop Unique Style

If you're an artist or work in a creative field, you're no stranger to the challenge of keeping your creativity alive while managing the demands of your job. You may sometimes feel like creativity is a faucet that turns on and off at will, but what if you could have a greater control over it? The good news is, you can! Infusing creativity into your job is not only possible, it's achievable, and you can start seeing 'art everywhere'. Let's discover how to make your work more vibrant, engaging, and full of life.

Unleashing Creativity

Creativity is not just about wild imagination but also about seeing the ordinary in an extraordinary way. It's about finding 'art everywhere' and using it to enrich your work. Here are some practical ways to do just that:

Use of Colors

The palette you choose can speak volumes about your work. Colors can evoke emotions and set the mood for your projects. A splash of vibrant colors can bring energy to a dull design, while a monochromatic scheme can add a touch of sophistication. Don't be afraid to play with contrasting colors or explore different color harmonies. Remember, the rainbow is your canvas—paint it with your unique hues.

Innovative Designs

Design is where function meets art. Bringing creativity into your job means pushing the boundaries of conventional designs. Look for inspiration in nature, architecture, or even the patterns on your coffee mug. Experiment with different shapes, textures, and styles. Convert your ideas into sketches, 3D models, or digital art. The key is to keep innovating and infusing creativity into your designs, making art a part of your everyday work.

Exploring Patterns

Patterns are everywhere—from the veins of a leaf to the tiles on your floor. Understanding and exploring patterns can help you see 'art everywhere'. Try incorporating patterns into your work, whether it's a repeating design or an abstract motif. Patterns can add depth, rhythm, and visual interest to your projects. They can also serve as a common thread linking different elements of your design, creating a cohesive and harmonious piece of art.

Manage Time

Time management is a crucial aspect of any job, but when it comes to creative professions, it has a direct impact on your ability to infuse creativity into your work. Let's look at some ways to manage your time effectively:

Schedule for Creativity

Contrary to popular belief, creativity doesn't always have to be spontaneous. Scheduling time for brainstorming or sketching can help you create a mental space for your ideas to flourish. Set aside a specific time each day for creative pursuits. This could be first thing in the morning, when your mind is fresh, or late in the evening, when you can work undisturbed. Remember, consistency is key to seeing 'art everywhere'.

Balance Work and Life

Work-life balance is not just a buzzword—it's a necessity for creativity. Overworking can lead to burnout, which can stifle your creativity. Make sure to take regular breaks during your workday. You could even try the Pomodoro technique: work for 25 minutes, then take a 5-minute break. Spend time with family, catch up with friends, or pursue a hobby. A balanced life can help you see 'art everywhere', infusing creativity into your job.

Avoid Burnout

Burnout is a creativity killer. It's important to recognize the signs—feeling overwhelmed, loss of motivation, and fatigue—and take steps to avoid it. This could mean delegating tasks, setting realistic deadlines, or simply saying no to extra work. Remember, your mental and physical health are your greatest assets. Taking care of yourself is the first step to infusing creativity into your job.

Seek Inspiration

As an artist, one of the best ways to infuse creativity into your job is by constantly seeking inspiration. But where can you find it? Here are some ideas:

Inspiring Places

Look around you. Inspiration can be found in the most unlikely places. A walk in the park, a visit to a museum, or even a trip to the grocery store can spark new ideas. The design of a building, the color of fruits, or the pattern on a dress—all can make you see 'art everywhere'. So, always keep your eyes open and your mind ready to absorb.

Creative Individuals

Inspiration often comes from other people. Surround yourself with creative individuals—other artists, designers, writers, and even musicians. Listen to their ideas, learn from their experiences, and get inspired by their work. They can help you see 'art everywhere' and infuse that creativity into your job.

Inspirational Books

Books are a treasure trove of inspiration. Read widely and diversely. Novels can stimulate your imagination, biographies can give you insights into the minds of great artists, and art books can expose you to different styles and techniques. Some of my favorites include "Steal Like an Artist" by Austin Kleon and "The War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. They remind me that 'art is everywhere', and it's up to us to find it.

Practice Skills

Seeking inspiration is only half the battle. To truly infuse creativity into your job and bring 'art everywhere', you need to continually develop and refine your artistic skills. Here's how:

Improve Drawing Techniques

Just like a writer needs a good grasp of grammar, an artist needs to master the basics of drawing. Practice sketching regularly. Experiment with light and shade, perspective, and composition. The more you draw, the better you will get at converting your creative ideas into tangible works of art.

Learn New Software

Technology is a powerful tool for modern artists. Softwares like Adobe Illustrator, Procreate, and Blender can help you bring your creative visions to life. Spend some time each week learning a new software or improving your skills in one you already know. Online tutorials can be a great resource for this.

Attend Workshops

Workshops are a fantastic way to learn new techniques, get feedback on your work, and meet other artists. Look for local art workshops or online ones if you prefer learning from the comfort of your home. Remember, the goal is not just to learn new skills but also to infuse creativity into your job, making 'art everywhere' a reality.

Develop Unique Style

The essence of creating 'art everywhere' and infusing creativity into your job lies in developing a unique style. It's about more than just mastering techniques. It's about creating work that's recognizably yours. Here are few ways to help you develop a distinctive artistic voice:

Experiment with Styles

Don't be afraid to experiment with different styles. It's through trial, error, and exploration that you'll discover your unique artistic voice. Try everything from realistic to abstract, from traditional to digital. You might find that your style is a blend of several, or unlike anything else out there. That's the beauty of creativity - it's uniquely yours.

Study Famous Artists

Looking at the work of others can be incredibly inspiring. Study the work of artists you admire, both contemporary and historical. Understand what it is you like about the way they create. And then, think about how you can incorporate their techniques or ideas into your own work, making it uniquely yours.

Create Personal Brand

Your style is more than just the way you create - it's also about how you present yourself and your work to the world. Consider creating a personal brand that embodies your style and values. This could include everything from the way you name your artworks, the way you describe them, to how you interact with your audience. A strong personal brand can help you infuse creativity into your job and make your 'art everywhere' vision a reality.

If you're seeking practical tips for incorporating creativity into your work, don't miss the workshop 'How To Deal: Cultivating Inspiration & Creativity' by Grace Miceli. This workshop offers valuable insights and strategies to help you nurture your creativity and stay inspired in your artistic job.