The perks of venturing into an unknown art

A painter can learn a lot about shapes by exploring the art of sculpture.

The painter who learns to sculpt can play with shapes and textures in the 3D world without having to start a new canvas to see how changes affect those shapes. The different creative medium allows the painter to see their art from a new perspective, using new techniques and abilities he or she may have not fully explored before.

Similarly, a writer can discover insights from cinematography, an entrepreneur can learn much from farming, and a digital designer can explore new ideas by mastering traditional art.

Becoming well‒known for one type of creation is good, especially when you really excel at that one form. But if you only stick to one method of creating and don’t explore the countless other ways to create that are out there, you’ll be missing an opportunity to really explore and grow as a creative individual.

We can’t know what is possible if we only stick to what we know. Author and probability expert Nassim Nicholas Taleb reminds us of the value we can see as creatives by exploring in his book The Black Swan. Taleb suggestions: “The payoff of a human venture is, in general, inversely proportional to what it is expected to be.”

Today, what can you do to create something using a different method than you’re used to? What types of tools and techniques can you use to spur on your creativity right now?

Photo by Zach Dischner.