Using a Computer To Pursue Your Creative Urges

 

 

Computers are a fantastic tool to help us get work done. However, they can also be a wonderful expressive tool. Pursuing your creative urges can be difficult at times, especially if you don’t have the motivation or tools to do so. Thankfully, computers are a great help in inspiring yourself and also learning more about how to express yourself through different creative outlets.


How a computer helps explore your creative side


Computers are great for a number of things, but they’re often underrated when it comes to expressing your creative side. A lot of people don’t realize that computers can serve as excellent creative tools if you’re willing to explore your passions and also invest in the hardware and software.


For example, if you’re interested in art, then a budget drawing tablet can be had for an extremely low price. These are fantastic for getting started on drawing on a computer and you’ll be able to take advantage of all the software tools. You’d be surprised at how realistic it can feel to draw with digital tools that are fantastic at replicating what a real traditional tool feels like. You can also make adjustments, save copies at different stages of your art, and also make wide changes such as completely changing the colours you’ve used.


In addition to imitating traditional creative hobbies, computers can also open up more creative possibilities. For instance, music production and video editing are two things that are made much easier with a basic computer. You can make entire music tracks on your own with something like FL Studio or Ableton, or you could edit and create videos using Adobe’s Premiere and After Effects.


In short, there are countless different ways to explore your creativity with computers. Whether it’s using digital versions of traditional hobbies or exploring digital-only creative options, there are plenty of ways for you to express yourself and learn new skills.


Choosing a computer for your creative needs


It’s a good idea to do a bit of research on the different kinds of computers available and which ones would be best for your needs. If you’re accustomed to using computers then this can be a little difficult. Whether you know how to delete a program or if you’re unsure how to even browse the internet, there are many different skills to learn if you want to be proficient and productive with a computer.


First, we’d suggest deciding if you want to get a laptop or desktop. If you’re mainly going to be using a computer from home and want a cheaper option, then desktops are much better in terms of value. However, if you’ll be getting creative on-the-go or want a tablet-like option where you can use a pen on your screen, then laptops are better albeit more expensive.


Next, you have to make a decision between Mac or Windows. This is generally a personal choice based on the types of programs you use or the creative hobbies that you want to pursue. In general, Mac computers are more popular for creativity but are a little more expensive. If you have some technical knowledge, then getting a Windows computer will be cheaper although a little more finicky for first-time users.


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Getting involved with creative communities


A great way to boost your creativity and also meet like-minded people is to join creative communities. You can start by simply looking at a website such as Reddit and checking out any creative communities. There are groups for digital art, traditional art, different kinds of crafts and even music production and film editing.


No matter what kind of creative passion you have, joining communities is a great way to motivate yourself to do better. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, learn from others and share your creations in these communities for advice and feedback.


Sharing your creations


Sharing your creations is a fantastic way to keep your creativity going and also make new friends. Whether you post on social media websites like Instagram or showcase your work on art-focused websites such as ArtStation, there are plenty of opportunities to show off your work and get noticed.


Of course, some people find that sharing their work publicly is a little daunting. They might feel anxious about sharing their work and they might refuse to do so until they’ve reached a certain level of skill or quality with their work. This is completely understandable, but it’s anxiety that you’ll never get over until you actually start sharing your work. The reason it’s difficult is that it’s outside of your comfort zone to share things you’ve done. In a case like this, you should try to get used to sharing your work, even if it’s just with your friends. Just be clear that you’re not asking for feedback or criticism–you’re just showing your work and expressing your creativity.


Turning your passion into a career


A great reason to pursue your creative passions is to open up the possibility of actually making a profit from it. There are actually many people who explore their creative urges at home, only to realize that they’re actually pretty good at it. They can then turn these skills into a completely different career choice.


For example, if you feel confident in your artwork and have lots of unique ideas in your mind, you can easily turn it into merchandise like shirts or keyrings. Alternatively, you could sell your services as a freelance artist. There are a lot of considerations that come with something like becoming a freelancer, but it’s a great opportunity to learn new skills, network and make a living doing something you love.


Of course, making money from your creativity probably isn’t the first thing on your mind. With that said, it’s never a bad idea to have a backup source of income should something ever happen to your job, or if you decide that you want to pursue your passions instead of doing a job that you have little connection to.

 

*Contributed by Sam Jones. *Header photo source: https://unsplash.com/photos/dpbXgTh0Lac (CC0)



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