Another excerpt from the "Design Methods" chapter of Alice Through the Proscenium: a short one today because the next section is a bit long to add on...
Experiment – Toss the rules. The habits. The ego. Make a fool of yourself!
If you’re stuck on large massing, try a big sheet of brown paper and a fat pastel, charcoal, or cattle marker (designed to mark cows, I swear). If working on detail, try a tight drawing with a fine pen. Reverse that. Draw the big idea very tiny on a cocktail napkin to distill it. You’ll find methods you like, but vary them often.
Get out of a mental rut by learning something new. Take a hike on a path less traveled. Pick a random book at the library or bookstore on a topic you know little about: Ancient art, Bangladesh, Collecting cars… Go through the alphabet. Flip pictures, skim - you may get hooked. This also makes a great surreptitious game at parties: exploring other people’s bookcases. 4.20
4.20 Makes you want to hide a few of your books before your next soiree. No books? For shame!