What's your medium for creative expression?

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    May 11, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    I used to draw, paint, sing, play piano and dance around the house. Although I was considered creative and talented ("Oh, he's just artistic"), I also excelled in academics which overshadowed the arts since I was finishing high school and preparing for university. Since then, I took up fitness but the area of creative expression has been severely neglected. I need to get back into it since the arts were such an important part of my identity and have completely disappeared, but more importantly I want to try something new and want to hear what you guys do!
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    May 11, 2011 5:38 PM GMT
    I had the same issue too. I excelled heavily at academics and it overshadowed anything else I did. Which sucked because I had always considered myself to be such an artist, but once I went to college I focussed so much on my academics because I wanted to look smart and did so little for my creative side.

    I write, draw, paint, play trumpet and piano. I always wanted to act, but didn't have the balls to and stuck to working as an auditorium tech behind the scenes.

    I actually thought my deployment would do wonders for my creative expression, because when I was locked up - long story lol - I drew the best shit I'd ever done in my life. This place does give me a million ideas, just not enough inspiration to do anything with them yet.

    So to make things better, lately I just jot down my ideas. If its a story idea, if its a idea for a drawing I'll just do a simple sketch and set it aside, that way when the inspiration hits, I can do something with them.

    My dream is, once I have a stable non military career, to go back to school and study animation. I would love to be the black Hayao Miyazaki.


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    May 11, 2011 5:41 PM GMT
    Drawing. Painting. Photography.
    I know calligraphy, too, but it doesn't feel all that creative to me.

    I saw some Moorish art, and I want to learn metal working.

  • BardBear

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    May 11, 2011 8:05 PM GMT
    Writing. I write ALOT.

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    May 11, 2011 10:04 PM GMT
    I have Star Wars figurines (Stormtroopers on my desk and Rebels on my bookshelf) in my office. Sometimes we have play battles.
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    May 11, 2011 11:31 PM GMT
    Primarily oil, some mixed media.

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    Rambling.

    http://cabinet31.blogspot.com/
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    May 11, 2011 11:44 PM GMT
    photography, drawing, digital graphic art, and a little painting.

    Right now, I want to learn how to paint like those great renaissance, baroque, and medieval. I like the style, and the iconography to Christianity, though I dont believe in it. It is beautiful nonetheless!
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    May 12, 2011 4:02 AM GMT
    Friendsrbetter said
    Piano, (big-ass keyboard, actually), Photography and PhotoShop CS.


    your "big-ass keyboard" is your medium? Wow, you're even an artist when describing it.
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    May 12, 2011 4:03 AM GMT
    For now, sadly, this.
  • Webster666

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    May 12, 2011 4:22 AM GMT
    I have no talent.
    But, then, somebody's got to be in the audience.
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    May 12, 2011 4:28 AM GMT
    I have the exact same problem and I stopped attending to my creative side as soon as high school finished. My art class had a very competitive atmosphere where each student inspired the other to outdo themselves and come up with something great. Outside of that environment, I don't have even 1% of that same motivation.

    However, over the years, my creative expression has been through film photography, watercolours, oil, pastels, collage, life drawing and sketching, ceramics, violin, dance, sewing (I went through a period of clothesmaking), journalling and movie-making.

    My line of studies is heavily left-brain, academic and rational, so to get back into some sort of creative endeavour would be a refreshing rest.
  • eddieross69

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    May 12, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    I design in fabric for a living, so I get my fill of "creative outlet" during the week. I do, however, like to do nature photography on the weekends. Here's one from last Saturday of a poppy at the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach:

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    May 12, 2011 4:33 AM GMT
    Fluting, Drawing, Writing, Sculpting, Adventuring, Philosophizing
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    May 12, 2011 4:38 AM GMT
    i used to do ceramics a few years ago but I got busy with school and work

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    May 12, 2011 4:39 AM GMT
    dick painting on canvas
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    May 12, 2011 4:48 AM GMT
    I sing, compose music, act and have an interest in photography.
    Hope to get a better camera soon!
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    May 12, 2011 4:49 AM GMT
    Unfortunately in this country the government and our society do not see the Arts as a lucrative career, which is why there are alot of starving artists out there who are working in jobs they hate, or unemployed and underappreciated.
    I used to paint, write, draw, dance and lug my ancient Nikon camera around and take photos.
    For now i just use my Htc for everything, including photography.
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    May 12, 2011 4:56 AM GMT
    drawing and cooking
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    May 12, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said Unfortunately in this country the government and our society do not see the Arts as a lucrative career, which is why there are alot of starving artists out there who are working in jobs they hate, or unemployed and underappreciated..


    So true! I'm lucky enough to teach the performing arts at a school in my city.
    Part of what helped me to get the job is that the principal shares your view
    and wants to change it. He's one of a small handful in this country that realizes
    the importance of art both in our schools and in turn it's contribution to our world.
    What a dull and lifeless place this would be without creativity!
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    May 12, 2011 4:58 AM GMT
    I danced for 10 years. Now, in university, I don't think I even do really creative things anymore...
  • Syphon

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    May 12, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    Pencil and paper. My best works are with pencil crayon on large sheets of paper, I've made some nice posters. Takes forever, but I'm all about the detail.

    As for music I can play violin at a high level, used to play clarinet and piano, and I've done some cello stuff but I had to return it due to rental costs. o.o
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    May 12, 2011 5:12 AM GMT
    Music soothes this savage Taurean beast. Music calms me and I use it to move me from one mood to another. I sing to express sometimes. When the voice doesn't do it or I can not find a song to match it, I write.
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    May 12, 2011 5:22 AM GMT
    BlackSunRising said
    GigoloAssassin said Unfortunately in this country the government and our society do not see the Arts as a lucrative career, which is why there are alot of starving artists out there who are working in jobs they hate, or unemployed and underappreciated..


    So true! I'm lucky enough to teach the performing arts at a school in my city.
    Part of what helped me to get the job is that the principal shares your view
    and wants to change it. He's one of a small handful in this country that realizes
    the importance of art both in our schools and in turn it's contribution to our world.
    What a dull and lifeless place this would be without creativity!


    Agreed.
    What a lot of people, sadly, dont realize that without Art this whole world would have no sense of beauty and history. Art has influence on everything we do, from food to fashion.
    Its up to us creative people to keep the world beautiful.

    "Beauty will Save the World."
    --Gianni Versace
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    May 12, 2011 5:25 AM GMT
    My mom was a piano teacher and passed her love of music to all of my brothers and sisters...if only I'd gotten a little of her talent too.
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    May 13, 2011 10:37 PM GMT
    landscape/garden design
    combining color, shape, texture, scent, architectural elements (wood, sculpture,furniture), sound (water) and more to create a garden.
    and then to make it all grow wellicon_smile.gif