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The Importance of a Muse

kawaiidaigakusei at 12:00AM, Jan. 19, 2015

In Ancient Greece, the Muses were goddesses responsible for the formation of knowledge, namely creativity in the arts, literature, and poetry. They are shown depicted on the side of red-figure pottery and high-relief sculptures. Overtime, the muses have been shown more discretely through various forms of media such as a model who inspired an old master's oil painting or the lost romance that influenced a singer's heartbreaking ballad.

But having a muse does not only apply to famous artists. It is very common to fall into a slump when trying to move a pen to write or draw a new picture. It is a natural part of the whole creative process. It takes patience to wait for a muse or the madman to show itself, although procrastinating until the last minute or working late at night seem to be reliable sources to bring one out. There has to be an explanation as to why a spark of creativity suddenly appears after a slump.

One of the reasons webcomics get abandoned by their creators might be because the muse that originally fueled the early pages moved on to new projects. There is nothing more difficult than trying to draw while in a creative drought. This is an idea that employers really need to tap into when demanding the creation of art by a deadline. Drawing is not something that can be conjured up easily without a muse.


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KimLuster at 6:21AM, Jan. 20, 2015

I love word-pun threads, but I honestly can't think of any here. I'm losing my touch - it's over. Play the Music and let the fat lady sing! Stuff me and put me in a Museum... *gasp* I did it!

kawaiidaigakusei at 6:42PM, Jan. 19, 2015

Oh Kroatz, you can make a full coloured picture book with that paragraph titled "Amuse-ing Muse-ings of a Muse".

tupapayon at 5:19PM, Jan. 19, 2015

@Kroatz: I muse-t say I can't write like you … cleaver, cleaver…

silvipera at 4:25PM, Jan. 19, 2015

This is SO true. For my works, I draw when I can, and if the art gives my trouble I stop and take a breather.

Kroatz at 1:54PM, Jan. 19, 2015

Thank you, I'll be here all night!

Kroatz at 1:53PM, Jan. 19, 2015

This article a-muses me. A lot of my inspiration comes from weird and cool muse-ic. The kind played by men with weird muse-taches, and the opposite of a muse-cular physique. Those people that have muse-tard stains on their clothes, and don't care at all, because they're just cool muse-icians like that. Or of course from beautiful works of art that I see in my sporadic trips to the muse-eum. Especially muse-lim religious works impresses me, because they tend to not show images of their god or prophets. This absence of a really clear subject awakens something in me, and I muse-t create something, or be annoyed for a while.

VinoMas at 12:05PM, Jan. 19, 2015

Great article. I know I stop working when I get overwhelmed by other things, overwhelmed by my story and the amount of work I have to do, and when technology inhibits my flow of creation and publication. As someone who draws fashionable women I feel that MUSES are both the inspiration of my work and the work itself. :)

tupapayon at 8:47AM, Jan. 19, 2015

Many activities bring inspiration… and sometimes the impossibility to be active can do the trick… many ideas come to people while distracted… like taking a shower… a should take a shower more often…

KimLuster at 8:43AM, Jan. 19, 2015

*sings* "yeah these boots were made for walkin'..."

Banes at 8:40AM, Jan. 19, 2015

Yes, fantastic pic, kawaii, and the walking thing is quite powerful for getting that muse to wake up! I used to walk a ton and was never short of ideas and insights. These days things are way busy and I'm driving a lot and working a lot. And the writing/creating has become quite a bit tougher! Next morning off, I'm walking! Thanks for another inspiring post, kawaii and kawaii's muse!

Abt_Nihil at 7:12AM, Jan. 19, 2015

Agreed with everyone :) Great art, and walking around aimlessly helps me too. Also, I think while you can't force creativity, you can certainly train it. Usually, just starting to work on something is better than waiting for a feeling of being inspired.

kawaiidaigakusei at 6:47AM, Jan. 19, 2015

Thanks, Oz! @KAM- there are flakes in every occupation, but using the imagination to create is not a cake walk. So true, KimLuster, I am a fan of taking long walks (6+ miles) outdoors when I have a mental block. I think staying indoors for too long leads to stagnant blood making the creative process nearly impossible.

KimLuster at 6:23AM, Jan. 19, 2015

Agree, the art piece is beautiful Kawaii!! Yes, keeping that muse hanging over your shoulder for long periods of time is something! Many tricks are tried... One that seems to work for me is long brisk walks through nature (I coulda just said hikes haha). Something about active solitude (being alone, but with the blood pumping (sitting around doesn't work that well)...) I went for a couple mile hike through a fairly rough trail in a nearby park yesterday - by the time I was done I had the ideas for two whole novels, plus some more ideas for my current comic here, in my head! I guess Muses hang out in the woods!

KAM at 4:30AM, Jan. 19, 2015

"Drawing is not something that can be conjured up easily without a muse." Which is probably why artists are considered flaky & unreliable. Non-artists think it's just putting lines on paper, but to the artist it's putting the RIGHT lines on paper.

ozoneocean at 2:00AM, Jan. 19, 2015

Love the art Kawaii!

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