- A dash of happiness and joy blended with a half-cup of artsy-fartsy melancholy…
- An insatiable urge to create something new kneaded into the dough of apathy and procrastination…
- A hunger for sharing and creating beautiful art with the world chopped up and sprinkled into a hermit-esque lifestyle…
Happy/sad + Hungry/full + Content/restless = An Interesting Artist
Artists are a complicated bunch, aren’t we?
These complexities of thoughts and feelings that are in opposition to one another form the basis of who we are and how we create. These same personality patterns also reveal a recipe that helps us create interesting characters in our creative works.
A fellow creative, Andy Black, succinctly expressed similar sentiments. In like fashion, I’ll air my oppositions for all to see a bit of who I am. If you desire to create interesting characters, this is a great exercise to make them multi-dimensional.
Here’s my recipe…
loves/likes • hates/dislikes
I love food • I dislike calories
I love work • I hate labor
I like to travel • I dislike traveling
I love people • I hate drama
Strengths • Weaknesses
I’m a leader • I’m impatient
I’m loving • I’m skeptical
I’m an artist • I’m a corporate sales trainer
I love creating • I get jealous of other creatives
Wants • Needs
I want to be my own boss • I need my day job
I want more time • I need to use the time I have
I want more money • My needs are all met
I want stuff I don’t need • I need stuff I don’t want (borrowed from Andy)