On the Use Of Templates for Artistic Design
by Lee Duane FitzSimmons
Creating new templates for the design process is a very important aspect of artistic creation. In fact, it can be argued that if this most important part of the artistic process is not thoroughly carried out in an effective manner, then the entire artistic process could be in jeopardy. Oftentimes, the creator is unaware that a template has been created; however, in almost all instances of the creative process, some combination of a newly fashioned or preexisting template is being used (usually with many creative adjustments).
It has often been said that the most clever artistic geniuses cloak their sources the best. One can rationalize that using ideas from other individuals as both tools and building materials used for the construction of new original templates can be justified as a valid part of the original creative process. Even if these sorts of both uses and adjustments to another's ideas do not occur on a conscious level, then they will quite often occur on an unconscious level.
Therefore, creative individuals should not be overly concerned if they are borrowing elements from other creations. In general, it is usually not apparent to most if some substantial type of influence was present in the creative mind of the artist when the work was being created. The finished product usually has little resemblance to the various works that initially served as creative sparks. When they do bear a slight resemblance, it is usually something that is not noticeable to most.
Thus, after alterations are made and new ideas are molded into the fabric of a new set of creations, new amalgamations are formed, and these amalgamations are then subsequently presented as new original works of creative art. It should also be remembered that the other creations that served as inspirations were also inspired themselves from other artistic works. Thus, this cyclical nature of artistic design is a direct reflection of the constant influence and inspiration that all things have on each other. Such is the circle of creative design.
Such is the circle of life...
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Copyright 2013 by Lee Fitzsimmons