23 August 2012

Brain storm - Unleashing your creative self by Don Hahn

I haven't been drawing much lately as i've used my spare time to hang out with friends before crasy life start. So i haven't much stuff to show you. So i thought it would be a perfect time to talk to you about a great book i read twice already (during my last reading, i was smart enough to mark interesting passages): Brain Storm - unleashing your creative self by Don Hanh, the producer of the Lion King and Beauty and Beast.

So i opened the book and on the third page, only two word were written: For Emilie ( not emily, emilie!). This book was already speaking to me!

And here is a few quotations i marked has interesting:

The choice between the good idea and the bad one is up to you.

Highly creative people have the willingness to spend limitless time on an idea and come up blank. They have the audacity to throe themself into unknown ventures and risk spectacular failure. They live in a world of boundless imagination and sobering reality.

You are an artist now. You may be novice, you may be flawed, you may need to get better then you are, but welcome to the human journey.

The defining moment in drawing is when you decide to leave the safety of inaction and leap into the void. The courage and willingness to jump into the void and feel the rush of the wind in the hopes that you will be able tobspread your wings and fly... That is the touchstone of the creative process. We've got an idea, and we are flush with anticipation. Our mind race with possibilities.

To prepare is to be like a sponge ready to absorb.

Fight, flight, or freeze: all three reactions are valid responses that keep us alive during time of crisis, if we left them on too long, it turns into stagnation. Youcan't steer a ship that is not in motion. Freeze, yes, but only long enough to know what your next move will be.

We can't wait for opportunity to be given to us, or for the time to be right. The time is never right. Just go after it like a true warrior.

Your work depends on a regular and fresh flow of ideas into your brain, and those ideas come from real, visceral experiences. Your well needs fresh images, sounds, colors, smells.

You want a critique that will challenge yourvision and send you back to work with new eyes.

The definition of balance is simple-not falling over

I guess i'll stop my-self here, if not, i'll be typing the entire books, and i would probably get in troubles....

I totally recommend this book, it is so well written too, you almost have the impression that Don Hanh is casually talking to you.

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