(Today is a guest post from Josh Alves!)
I often get the impression that people view "Creativity" as an ethereal substance that some people have and some don't. That how creative you are might be determined by your midi-chlorian count.
I consider "creativity" to be more like a muscle that works in tandem with the most complex organ in your body.
Using the logical, analytical, and rational left side of your brain with your intuitive, experiential, and perceptual right side -results in things like a painting, a story or even the device you're reading this on.
"Creativity" is something you exercise. It's within your reach, within your grasp, or - at least - at the end of your fingertips.
If you were anywhere on the internet on May 4th, you know that date is celebrated as an unofficial "Star Wars" day. As a little contribution, I designed a few finger puppets that fans could assemble and I'd like to give you a little peek into the creative process.
As these are unofficial designs, I prefer to refer to them as "Star Wars-ish".
STEP ONE: DESIGN aka THE PHANTOM MENACE
Cumulative Experience is one aspect of creativity. There is nothing new under the two suns of Tatooine.
Every new idea/creation is the combination or revision of something already existing. Everything is a remix.
Borrowing elements of things that I had seen and/or done, I created a template for a simple finger puppet (It was actually first designed for an activity kit to be used with one of the books I've illustrated). Using user-submitted requests, I adapted the template to be used for these Star Wars-ish creations.