"Brainstorming" would be my second place pick, because getting the idea is absolutely important. "Diving in" and "Finishing" are both equally important as well, but with those two all you have is a piece that might be good, but usually not incredible. That's why I say editing it until it becomes incredible is probably the most important. "Outlining" isn't always necessary. It can be useful, but it's not MOST important, so that wouldn't be my vote.
Also, I'd argue that "Sharing" isn't actually part of the creative process, but just something you might do after you're finished with the creative process. Somebody can be incredibly creative and not share any of their artwork at all.
I say it's a loose tie between outlining and sharing.
It's important to have good structure to any piece of work; without it the idea can fall apart and become impossible to understand (which is admittedly the point of some pieces). But at the same time, sharing, for me, is very important. The feedback, suggestions, the notion that what you've created is being enjoyed or discussed by other people. It can change them and how they look at the world and everything in it. Even negative responses are useful. They can help you improve on technique and drive you to better your craft.
All the other steps listed are very important as well, but I put these two at the top.
GAH! I feel conflicted about this. I want to show my picture and such to make others happy, but /I/ have the most fun working on them... *Sigh* To me the making my viewer happy is what I want. ... But I also just want to draw.... As far as actual importance goes I can't decided on that either. I can't show off something I haven't worked on, but I also don't want to show off every doodle... Maybe 'finishing' is my best option....? GAH!!! So hard! Why so hard...?!!
I'm not the type for prolonged planning, or brainstorming. I often find myself beginning with something simple; a single idea, a conversation between two characters, anything, and the story grows from there, shaping itself as it plays out. 'Past' sets itself in-stone; 'Today' is ever in-flux with the whims of the characters; 'Tomorrow' is a pipe-dream. Fingers dance on keys, the story writes itself, and in the morning, I wake up wondering where in the nine hells it all came from.
AnimeFreak369Featured By OwnerMar 16, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brainstorming, to me, isn't important. Whenever I draw I just let my hand guide the pencil along the paper and go from there. I never know what it turns out to be until I'm finished drawing it...... That's just me, though.
No process is really more important than another. But, if you point a finger at just one, shouldn't it be "sharing"? After all, ideas are great, but they're not yet on paper, and may never be; outlines are good but can you get it done?; "diving in" is a good technique for those who draw well on impulse, but what about those who plan?; editing is always good (my second choice) but what if you still can't figure out what went wrong?; and finishing is also great, the problem lies in "are you happy with the finished product?" So, I personally think that the most important concept is the sharing. You gain new experience, maybe new friends/rivals, and possibly new ideas. You must learn to build on the qualities you have and constantly get better. Without sharing what you have/know and accepting critique and ideas, you'll never get better and the other processes will seem pointless.
The most important part is obviously brainstorming, since without a good idea, the rest wouldn't feel as important because there is no initial drive. But if the question were "what's the best part?", which think it should b I'd say "Finishing: the satisfaction of a finished product you’ve poured yourself into."
To me, this is important! (since I'm sure explicit traditional artist and also a photographer) You have to spend from the beginning to end, and I particularly like the part where we color the most, because for me it is very interesting color to give you what you did!
However, things like sketches, finishes and even the praise and the lessons are important! (I've learned a few lessons and I intend to keep learning!)
But the main thing to do these things, devote yourself to it because whenever you like and not by option or something, and I'm sure people here make their art because they like what they do!
After all, would not have fun if you do not like what it does and, to me, is much more important than all these questions! It's simply a matter of taste like what it does!
xRadiantStarzFeatured By OwnerFeb 23, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
I think all of those are important. After all, if you don't come up with an idea, you'll end up with nothing; but if you never "dive in" and start it, you're never going to have a finished result. Sharing and getting feedback is good too. All of the steps are necessary, but in the end I think diving in would be one of the most important. ~
I always say, to get closer to a subconscious level of art, I just draw and let my ink/paint/whatever create what it ought to create. Dont think about it. So even I don't know what I may be about to make. This is where I really get my enjoyment out of my art. The shock of even I don't know what's about to be made!
i would say sharing is the most important. if you don't let other people praise you and critique you, then you'll never know what you did well, and what you need to improve on. you can learn a lot by listening to other artists' opinion and input!
NameHerTemperanceFeatured By OwnerJan 14, 2012Hobbyist Photographer
I think sharing is the most important part, not so much for praise as it is for inspiring others with new ideas, approaches, perspectives, and art. We would still be drawing crude stick figures on cave walls if no one shared their art and discussed techniques and tools. The difference between imagination and creativity is having an idea and doing something with it.
I said finishing, because usually when i finish something, I had put a lot of work and effort into it and it makes me feel proud that I did it. when you brainstorm, you might not actually accomplish it, and/or someone else takes it....i didn't pick outlining because with me (and i bet a lot of you too) you begin to outline and it doesn't come out the way you want it, so you just quit altogether. Well, those are just my thoughts....
I think they're all important, but I chose outlining as it's good to get the shape going so you don't have to think to long and hard about how it's all going to connect together I don't think to long and hard on what I'm going to draw most times though, sometimes it just hits me
JareTerranFeatured By OwnerJan 12, 2012Hobbyist General Artist
...I can't really say that there is a "most important step", all i can say is that they all are important. Surprisingly, Brainstorming is leading... how? I think starting, editing, finishing (etc) is much more important since you actually DO SOMETHING, and you transfer something on the paper. You don't have to brainstorm at all - unless you actually call "brainstorming" "plotting" as to picking a theme/topic and depicting it as art. Even then, it's not as important as actually doing the artwork.
But then again, I said that there is no "most important" or "least important". In the end, you can't really finish an artwork without... well... going through all phases.
Brainstorming — not to censor any ideas beforehand, to just let them flow.
Diving in — because doing things will also get your mind running.
Just don't dive in too soon — don't fall in love with the first idea. Put it aside (make notes) and clear some room in your mind for more emerging ideas. Then decide which direction you want to go and just start working around it.
I picked diving in. I'm a little surprised how many people picked brainstorming, to be honest. XD; If just because I've spent many, many years sitting there writing notes and plotting out future epics, which I agree is fun and very helpful... but in the end, there's really only so much planning you can do before you actually have to make the thing.
Yeah. Wow. Brainstorming isn't even really plotting, it's just thinking of ideas. I'd never call that the most important part. Though I have more ideas than I know what to do with, so it's not like I ever need to brainstorm...
If there was an "All of the Above" on this poll, i would chose it (but there is not . ) All of these choices are important (in my opinion) because,:
- you cant share your ideas if you don't have one. - outlining will help if the idea will work . - Even if you cant finish it, at least you done of it. - Your ideas will change, when you find stuff that you thought the stuff will go alone with it, and it doesn't. - Your work is never done, till you say its done. - Once you publish it, you will feel like you just accomplish something great.
I always start with a thought, and then I'll do it too. As I draw it. No matter how stupid, cheesy, or rainbow-like looks. In the thoughtful, others like it, and others not, but there is something for everyone Without Brainstorming goes nothing! And one does not fit to rap music! is still the best techno, dance and draw, in one