Chase Jarvis is always putting out content that aims to push the boundaries of your thought process. Whether he is showing you how to creatively tackle projects with inspirational behind-the-scenes footage, or he is interviewing top creative minds to gain their insight on a variety of matters, Jarvis wants to make sure we have access to the information you don't even know you need. In this new video entry he explores a topic that struck a chord with me: the idea of drawing inspiration from outside sources.
Since a very early age classical art was always fostered in my home. I must have been around five years old when I was gifted an easel, some canvas, paints, and a set of brushes. Hundreds of books detailing Renaissance art filled my parents home. I vividly recall spending my childhood enchanted by these books and trying to create my own versions on the canvas in my room.
Fast forward to the present day and I am now actively working as a full-time photographer. Oftentimes, when I find myself in a creative rut, I look to peers for inspiration. I try and have creative conversations with them. I look at their work. I look on social sharing sites for ideas. I look ad magazines and advertisements. All the while not realizing that I have put myself in a box.
What Jarvis goes on to explain, and recommend, is that sometimes the best inspiration comes from outside the industry. We all get so caught up in our own little micro-universes that our visions become hyper-focused. We can't see beyond the industry we are in. Sometimes all it takes is to open your eyes and your mind, and allow it to be influenced and sculpted by outside sources. You might be inspired by something as simple as a plastic bottle, or so Jarvis ponders.
It is a very interesting topic, and one to fully try and absorb. Where will your next great idea come from?
[via Chase Jarvis]