We’re constantly surrounded by creative work of all forms and it’s easy to pick a little of this, a bit of that, and use it to inform our own work. Honor the work of people that move you by being considerate as you take it in. Admire without appropriating. Dissect without duplicating. Be inspired! Find motivation in the work of others, then treat it with the respect it deserves.
Ultimately, the difference between inspiration and imitation is intent. Choose to be conscious of what’s been done, what’s happening around you, and what you’re choosing to put into the world. Find your own voice and the form that fits it best. We all get our start by imitating, but ultimately we’re meant to move on as we grow. Continue below for some more thoughts on achieving balance and making the most out of creative inspiration. –Adam J. Kurtz
Adam J. Kurtz is a Brooklyn-based artist and author of several books including the international-bestselling 1 Page at a Time journal. His dark (but optimistic) humor comes to life in an offbeat line of gifts and small trinkets. Follow @ADAMJK for more.