“The melody faded like a rainbow after a storm, or like winds calming down at last; and what was left was calm, and possibility, and relief.”
Gregory Maguire, Wicked
Teach Yourself to be Creative, Idea #3: Constraints
When I draw mandalas, the shape develops outward toward the edges of the page. Complete freedom? Well there is the constraint of the page size. I like working on mandalas on smaller pages, like 5x8" pages. Much smaller and I have to lean my hand on the edge of the journal which annoys me. Any larger and my designs seem to get lost in the vast white space and then I get caught up with balance and composition and lopsidedness and I don't really want to deal with all that. I just want to draw.
What constraints do you perceive in your artwork?
Do you set constraints for yourself, and do they help you?