99% transpiration and 1% inspiration

Every designer reaches a point where he can’t get things done. When this happens we have to find a way to keep going with our work. One way I found that works for me is watching videos on youtube and vimeo. Videos about pretty much anything related to your work. When you start feeling the pressure of the work you have to get done, a video about something else can help you with fresh perspectives and ideas. This works for images as well. Pieces from other designers and illustrators can give you different approaches to the problems you are having.

Our field is full of obstacles and most people think that we sit in front of the computer and get a divine inspiration in order to see the work done. What they don’t know is that we have a schedule and guidelines to follow for each and every piece of work we do. Meaning, we work harder trying to get references, images, research content and material than getting inspiration from a cup of coffee or tea.

I started using this video as an inspirational video, not only because it is a beautiful piece of work, done by the DKNG studio (http://www.dkngstudios.com), but because we can see the amount of work needed to create it. When we say that design is about 99% transpiration, it means that we have to work really hard instead of looking for the 1% inspiration that people think we need.


Here is the final piece:


Explosions in the sky poster: DKNG studios.

Start using other people’s work as “inspiration”. Your work will get done and you will have fun.

See ya!


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