Inspiration Insight

A personal perspective
By Brandon Campbell

Where I Found Inspiration:

Aspirations tend to grow as we do. One day someone can wake up and want to learn to draw; that transforms into wanting to draw for a major business or company and then, wanting to own a major art company or business. As we grow, we seem to crave more and more of the initial excitement just in a broader way.

During the summer program at WMCAT a small group of reporters and I went and asked the public, along with a few voices of our own, what inspires them, who inspires them, what are their dreams and have they reached them yet? The importance of this project was to find key ideas of inspiration shared between many people. Inspiration and aspirations are important to our society because they motivate people to a higher stature. They help us to find our true motivational calling. Seeking this can be somewhat difficult, but completely worth it.

Some people think inspiration is merely something that comes to you on its own. That if you sit around waiting long enough you will become inspired. In ways people think of it as an emotion. You have to be in a specific mood in order to be inspired and in some ways that can be true.

However, Grand Rapidians seem to think otherwise. Many people in Grand Rapids believe that inspiration comes to those who search for it. We must either try new things or concentrate on those we previously tested. Sometimes you have to be in a specific mood, whether that be angry or happy. Some of us even think you can be completely unbothered and produce the same quality of work.

In Grand Rapids, eight of nine people we spoke to in public are inspired from other’s work and seven of nine said the influence of others helped to start their chain of ideas. They also said they look to previous art teachings to create their own. By doing this we keep the evolution of inspiration going. All of our interviewees said the things that make them happy inspire them to do something outside of their comfort zones. By doing what makes us happy we leave behind new foot prints for others to follow and continue.

My Own Inspirations:

Personally, I can be motivated or inspired in any state of mind; in fact, I think I can produce better materials in an extremely bad mood or crazy good mood. Feelings help to create more intense pieces of art or literature. I also believe that other people’s work does help to inspire my own. A great inspiration of mine is WMCAT’s own Mr. George. Not just because he’s a really cool dude, but because his art reaches out to me. When I look at his pieces of art I visualize my own within it. I see my own style of drawing within his and this empowers my own creativity to be released. Drawing is mostly how I release my creative flow. When I am in Mr. George’s class, with his guidance, I feel like everyday I soar as an artist. If I can learn something new from him every day then I’m golden.

My Advice to “Get” Inspired

Art is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are so many ways to expose your creative side and to be inspired; any kind of graphic art, music, literature, sports, or careers — the list is endless. My advice would be to find your own inspiration. Always try new things. Stepping out of your comfort zone can more than likely be a good thing. If you feel that you don’t like what you’ve tried to do, you can pull yourself back to the beginning and start over. All that matters at the end of the day is that you still tried something new and that builds experience.

Once you’ve got your inspiration try branching from it. Instead of concentrating on the initial inspiration look for similar ideas or concepts. When I seek out an artist, I stray far away from my initial search and I end with an even bigger influence. I find more techniques of doing smaller things so the bigger picture looks better.

Always remember to give yourself breaks or rest periods. Doing something for too long can be boring, and when this happens we become less likely to want to do it again later. Stop at a place where you can easily pick up and go during your next creative session. Lastly, try to have fun.Your strengths should not be a chore. You should feel happy to embrace your new inspiration not like you have to force yourself.

However, Grand Rapidians seem to think otherwise. Many people in Grand Rapids believe that inspiration comes to those who search for it. We must either try new things or concentrate on those we previously tested. Sometimes you have to be in a specific mood, angry or happy. Some of us even think you can be completely unbothered and produce the same quality of work.

In Grand Rapids, 8 of 9 people of the public are inspired from other’s work and 7 of 9 said the influence of others helped to start their chain of ideas. They also said they look to previous art teachings to create their own. By doing this we keep the evolution of inspiration going. All of our interviewees said the things that make them happy inspires them to do something outside of their comfort zones. By doing what makes us happy we leave behind new foot prints for others to follow and continue.

My Own Inspirations:

Personally I can be motivated or inspired in any state of mind; in fact, I think I can produce better materials in an extremely bad mood or crazy good mood. Feelings help to create more intense pieces of art or literature. I also believe that other people’s work does help to inspire my own. A great inspiration of mine is WMCAT’s own Mr. George. Not just because he’s a really cool dude, but because his art reaches out to me. When I look at his pieces of art I visualise my own within it. I see my own style of drawing within his and this empowers my own creativity to be released. Drawing is mostly how I release my creative flow. When I am in Mr. George’s class, with his guidance, I feel like every day I soar as an artist. If I can learn something new from him every day I’m golden.

My Advice to “Get” Inspired

Art is not everyone’s cup of tea. There are so many ways to expose your creative side and to be inspired; any kind of graphic art, music, literature, sports, careers, the list is endless. My advice would be to find your own inspiration. Always try new things. Stepping out of your comfort zone can more than likely be a good thing. If you feel that you don’t like what you’ve tried to do, you can pull yourself back to the beginning and start over. All that matters at the end of the day is that you still tried something new and that builds experience.

Once you’ve got your inspiration try branching from it. Instead of concentrating on the initial inspiration look for similar ideas or concepts. When I seek out an artist I stray far away from my initial search and I end with an even bigger influence. I find more techniques of doing smaller things so the bigger picture looks better.

Always remember to give yourself breaks or rest periods. Doing something for too long can be boring and when this happens we become less likely to want to do it again later. Stop at a place where you can easily pick up and go during your next creative session. Lastly, try to have fun. Your strengths should not be a chore. You should feel happy to embrace your new inspiration not like you have to force yourself.

Credits:
Gabriel Hall
Johnny Vo
Viviana Farfan
Shujaa Wright
Hadasha Clark
Shekinah Guyton
Raequan Patterson
Javen James
Illiana Morales
Xaryia Carson
Taylor Fisher Harris
Brandon Campbell
Janaesha Glasco