Drawing Out the Muses

Within the pages of Drawing Out the Muses artists and others will find a clear understanding of the nature of visual creativity, countless new ideas to use, different ways of seeing things, and step-by-step processes. Over 300 projects, both simple and complex, which are designed for the purposes of seeing, thinking, doing and/or awakening creative potential, will give you years worth of exercises to follow and a lifetime of understanding for developing your own creative ability.

This book is based on the premise that visual inspiration can be found anywhere; in nature, though sound, using raw visual elements, dreams and even from being uninspired. Written for artists, in any medium including crafts, and at any level from professional to beginner. Designers, students, hobbyists, educators, workshop leaders and event planners will also find this great value in Drawing Out the Muses.

Drawing Out the Muses is the newly revised and updated version of Creatively Unblocking Creative Blocks.

From the introductory chapter:
Using Restrictions and Guidelines for Stimulating Creativity

Consider the color yellow, various linear elements and the number three. Now, apply that to any medium, style or approach to making a piece of art, or maybe even a series of pieces. The variety of interpretations among artists will be stunning. Or try this: Which of the two following points is more stimulating to your creativity?

1. Be creative. C’mon, go ahead.
2. Create something, anything in your chosen medium utilizing the following visual elements; the color yellow, an assortment of lines and the number three.

See? Chances are you immediately saw something, maybe a flash of a picture came to mind, or within a few minutes an idea for a trio of pieces came to you. Even these three simple elements have stimulated creative thought. You saw ‘yellow, lines and three’ compiled in not quite the same way as anyone else reading this chapter saw them. The notable thing is that you saw something, anything. You are probably still seeing the images right now. And you will keep seeing them, maybe even rearranging them for at least a few minutes, quite possibly longer. You are a visual person. You cannot help this.

Drawing Out the Muses – Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. The Nature of Creativity and Inspiration
3. About Serious Play and Not Worrying
4. Using Restrictions and Guidelines for Stimulating Creativity
5. Brainstorming and Free-Writing
6. The Basic Visual Elements of Art

Composition, Color, Contrast, Light, Shadow, Mass, Line, Edge, Balance, Tension, Pattern, Repetition, Perspective, Path, Triangles, Form, Texture, Material, Space, Size and Volume, Object, Subject and Meaning
7. Abstraction and Creativity
8. Translating from One Medium to Another
9. Introduction to Finding Inspiration
10. Finding Inspiration in Nature

Bees, Leaves, the Beach, the Sky, Cactus
11. Finding Inspiration in the Urban World
Windows, Traffic Lights, Subway, Abandoned Factories
12. Finding Inspiration in Household Stuff
Pillows, Shoes, the Bath, Eyeglasses, Bowls
13. Finding Inspiration in Daily Routines
Doing Laundry, Eating Breakfast, Lounging on the Sofa, Arguing, Housecleaning
14. Finding Inspiration in the Visual Elements
Composition, Color, Contrast, Light, Shadow, Mass, Line, Edge, Balance, Symmetry, Horizon Lines, Odds and Evens, Edges in Balance, Tension, Pattern, Repetition, Perspective, Path, Triangles, Form, Texture, Material, Space, Size and Volume, Object, Subject and Meaning
15. Finding Inspiration in Music and Sound
The Power of Sound, Seeing Sound, Where Sound Can Be Found, Ambient Sound and
Vibration, Word-Sounds, Human Speech, Animal Talk, Street Noise, Particular Sounds, Seeing Music, Rhythm, Melody and Harmony, Notes, Keys, Chords

16. Finding Inspiration in Language
Synesthesia, Free-Writing, Where to Find the Written Word, The Sound of Words, The Visual Style of Writing, The Shape of Words, Tags and Labels, Hybrid Words, Learn Another Language, Random Words in Art, Color Poem, Solitary Letters
17. Finding Inspiration in Life Events
Moving to a New City, Adopting a Pet, Losing or Leaving a Job, Falling in Love, Learning to Ride a Bike
18. Finding Inspiration in Various States of Being
Comfort, Confidence, Confusion, Curiosity, Exhaustion and Fatigue, Frustration, Fury, Happiness, Sadness
19. Finding Inspiration in Dreams
A Bit About Dreams, Clean-Out-Your-Head Dreams, Inspirational Dreams, Premonition Dreams, Repetitive Dreams, Nightmares, Incorporating Reality Dreams, Telepathic Dreams, Dream Interpretations, Lucid Dreaming, Making Requests, Dream Journals, Turning Dreams into Art, Color in Dreams
20. Finding Inspiration in Being Uninspired
Fear, Time Out, Don’t Obsess Just Do Something, Get the Ball Rolling, Bored, Blank,
Nothingness, The Void, Emptiness, Emptying Out, Space, Holes, Dull Lackluster Beige Dust, Being Stuck, Walls, Blocks, Creative Blocks

21. Summary: The Musician Parallel

Drawing Out the Muses ebook cover

Drawing Out the Muses
Find and develop unlimited creative inspiration from the everyday world

Updated and revised from, and previously published as; Creatively Unblocking Creative Blocks – Over 300 fun ways to get your visual creative motor going again!

Painted Jay Publishing
Author: Alexandria Levin
ebook ISBN: 978-0-9743267-2-6
$9.99 US ebook
$16.99 US print
First Edition Ebook
Second Edition Book
© 2014

Cover design – Alexandria Levin
Cover painting: Stegosaurus
© 2008, Alexandria Levin

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