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What is the most important part of the creative process?

37,381 deviants said Brainstorming: coming up with the brilliant idea
12,130 deviants said Outlining: sketching out the bare bones to save you editing later
34,354 deviants said Diving In: canít finish if you never start
6,228 deviants said Editing: the draft is out of your system, but now it's time for the polish
15,565 deviants said Finishing: the satisfaction of a finished product youíve poured yourself into
17,420 deviants said Sharing: getting feedback from others, gaining praise, and learning lessons

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MetallicGirl Featured By Owner May 6, 2014  Professional Writer
I said the brainstorming part is the most important because if you don't do that, then you can't do any of the other stuff.
fredScalliet Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014   Photographer
The most important is the inspiration process, when I'm not actually working at it.
Trystl Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I find that when I outline a story it is much easier to write it. Also, I come up with so many ideas that a quick outline allows me to remember the story for later, when I have time to revisit it.
Vigorousjammer Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2013  Hobbyist Artist
As a perfectionist, I picked "Editing"

"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.
Azael17 Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
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.
Hellstroem Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013
This is impossible, as every step is equally important - from conception to finished product.
Neko-Kiona Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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...?!!
glazios Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
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.
7Demented Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Feedback can help you improve, but only the creator themselves can determine if the artwork is good.
selftaughtartist1 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
driving in is what i have trouble with. i may have a brilliant idea in my head but i don't think it will come out good so i don't bother starting. sigh
Pulpina Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Ouch, most of the times i feel the same.
Fire-Star-Bird Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Really tricky choice. Finishing. Not finishing is my fatal flaw.
Esmereth Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2012  Student General Artist
I think the best bit is sharing your work with other people and absorbing their comments to work on later.
hulong1 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I find the background of the picture is important, so the pictures I do not like meaningless nonsense.
DinaSan1 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Brainstorming and Editing :D
jgirl999 Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Brainstorming doesn't literally have to be planning it out on paper, it can be thinking of an idea. Even if your hand just guides you, your hand is brainstorming
lexitaylor670 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
absolutely the editing. if you can't find any faults, you aren't looking at it properly.
S1xTeEn1Ne Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Definitly sharing. Isn't that what this whole website is based off of? You can't get feedback and improve on it if you don't spread the love.
AnimeFreak369 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2012  Hobbyist 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.
x1Kumiko-Chan1x Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012  Student General Artist
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.
eurekasfray Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2012
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."
TanyEllen Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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!
LUCIDDREAMS1010 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Student General Artist
to be honest,i think Brainstorming,Outlining,editing,and sharing are most important.i feel sharing is important cuz people can give you advice and sometimes they learn from you
xRadiantStarz Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2012  Hobbyist 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. ~
doomsdayartist Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
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! :D
sparx333 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I would Normally brainstorm but kinda skip around in spots. Like starting with the bottom of the picture, then randomly doing an arm or head. I know I shouldn't :depressed: but it's hard to stop...
imjustme-whydoihurt Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
It's hard to decide. But thinking about how you would work or the process by imagining not doing one of the 'steps'... and the logic that I use would tell me that brainstorming is most important.
R-U-B-I-I Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
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!
guagna Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Student Writer
i think that diving in is most important, but sharing is the best. there is nothing more fulfilling or satisfying than getting feedback on all your hard work.
niya999 Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Coming up with the brilliant idea! ;)
NameHerTemperance Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist 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.
S1xTeEn1Ne Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Like poetry.
ErnestoVladimir Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm one of the divers xDDD
fami1400 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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....
ivorymocha Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Sometimes the greatest of our ideas start off on a piece of paper without any actual brainstorming~
Same going for any writer, songwriter, artist, etc.

So actually starting it is, in my opinion, most important in a creative process ~ :iconinuohmyplz:

But I still never finish them~ :iconteheplz:
Fordinand Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012
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 :D I don't think to long and hard on what I'm going to draw most times though, sometimes it just hits me :) :heart:
frenzypoet Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd say outlining because the best idea and major process come from sketches
DerekHunter Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional
Brainstorming. Because without a good idea, there's no point in wasting anyone's time with your scribbles.
NAN-EE Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012
I would say editing for me since i have a terrible time coming up with compositions. so i need time to settle things better.
ScarletDevil1503 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I think "brainstorming" and "diving in" go hand-in-hand for me, and they're probably the most important...

...but then I never finish what I started. :D
JareTerran Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist 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.
KVirtanen Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Professional Photographer
Brainstorming — not to censor any ideas beforehand, to just let them flow.

But sometimes...

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.
Dev-TheDeviant Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Even after brainstorming, the real work starts when you realize it's harder than we imagined.
The-Legendary-Female Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student Digital Artist
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.

That's my two cents, anyway.
Lhmac Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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...
darkDragon442 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
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.
MutluCanavar Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
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 :D
sonicthemeatball Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012
They're all equally important to me.
timothymh Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
I can't tell you how many projects I've started but never finished!
Lhmac Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Hehe. Don't we all. I've finished maybe three projects in my entire life.
That's not to say I won't finish a lot more, I just haven't yet ;P
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