#100creativegirls by Anna Lena Illustrations - Part III
UPCOMING & REMARKABLE - A SPECIAL SERIES BY TALENTS ON THE RISE
On Noelle Stevenson, spreadsheets and creative shape shifting.
Hey there beauty. In case you didn’t read the first parts of this series, you should give it a go! Reading this will be more fun that way. Ever since I started my illustration project #100creativegirls, I have been in touch with some of the creative girls I highlighted in this project. So amazing! But, I have also been speaking to more creative girls that aren’t highlighted. The girls who have been giving me recommendations and ideas. So far, the project has strengthened my network and has given me the opportunity to openly appreciate others - all good things!
A balancing act for many creatives is combining strategy with creative play. As an illustrator and creative strategist, they are my strongest skills and defining character traits. Yet, they can be contradictory. The creative process, I believe, can be optimized and monitored: it benefits greatly from strategy - which is why I offer creative strategy sessions for entrepreneurs. But to produce true gems, sometimes random inspiration and experimentation is needed. While last week, I addressed my sometimes vocal inner critic, I recently realized that my inner strategist is a contradictory factor in my personal creative practice. She wants things done with a plan, preferably in a spreadsheet, and does not fuck around. This is ironic, because the fuckery is my favourite part of creative magic.
A creative girl I have admired for a long time, is Noelle Stevenson. Ever since I discovered her webcomic Nimona a few years back, I have been in awe of her highly creative and dynamic style, punchy jokes and lovable characters. The character Nimona is a young shapeshifter who wants nothing more than to be the sidekick of a proper villain. And what Nimona wants, Nimona gets. She bothers a villain into hiring her as his sidekick and together they stumble into an epic adventure.
Looking at Noelle’s work and the nature of her characters, I can’t help but feel that creatives are like shapeshifters. We are all kinds of things at once, sometimes contradictory and unexpected. However, the intersection of all those contradictory things are what make us unique and interesting. Instead of endlessly analyzing what is ‘odd’ and what isn’t, I’m inspired by Noelle to harness it into my own form of creative shape shifting, and take it as it comes to me. Here’s to the #100creativegirls - the amazing creative shapeshifters!
- Anna Lena