I’ve always liked taking pictures, just for fun. Clicking around on a camera is a really great way to stay interested in your surroundings. It keeps your eyes fresh, and it makes you pay attention and look at things differently. Having other creative outlets besides your one chosen professional path is really important too. Andy J. Miller has a seriously amazing blog called Art Directions, http://artdirections.tumblr.com/, it’s like a breath of fresh creative air every time you read it. He touches on the importance of having side projects and getting inspired by things other than illustration. Whenever I feel overwhelmed or stuck or just plain blue that things aren’t moving faster, I look to Andy J. Miller’s tips to pick me back up, it always works.
You can see more of my picture clicks at http://www.flickr.com/photos/steamin_junk/