Blog 6: Taking a Break in Liverpool

In this blog post I will be talking about my insights from a recent trip down to the city of Liverpool that was organised by the course staff. There will be some discussion into how such trips can affect your mindset based on your surroundings, as well as my thoughts on an illustration competition that has been brought to my attention. Although the topics up for discussion contrast, they all link due to the visits to the cultural hub of Liverpool, this talk will center around how such opportunities be it organized or spontaneous have no disadvantages for all people especially those following a creative occupation.

(Well unless you’re allergic to sunlight or fresh air)


The trip down to Liverpool itself could have been perceived as a shipment of ironically fresh zombies in the disguise of students.  Then again, I think the three-hour drive is what caused that perception, mostly from my view I didn’t know what to expect apart from an armada of Liverpool FC shirts and banners, the city was a mystery due to it being my first visits yet I would go again. Despite the mumblings of students for bus journeys, there was a shed load the city provided be it from creative outlets such as the Tate Liverpool and other prominent gallery’s, Striking architecture even the weather decided it was bare its warmth.

(If that didn’t seduce you enough for gander, they even have a Five Guys)

Tate Exhibition:

The Tate Liverpool was almost an internal mirror of the Tate Modern in London, I didn’t expect anything else from the array of contemporary, sometimes mind blowing fine art that stood in vast white void like rooms and halls. One such exhibition was ‘Sprung a Leak 2016’ by CÉCILE B. EVANS, which displayed a moving narrative loop focusing on the relationships between robotics, artificial intelligence and humans revolving around a paradoxical time frame. You could walk around with the animatronic beings as you can see below, had human like features of a recognizable face and upper boy limbs; although their movement was conformed to wheels.The robots held intellectual and conscious discussions between themselves, other machines and screens. By the end of the narrative the robotics enact symptoms of about being self-aware and conscious in their job, feeling negative emotions after failure.

In Relation to Illustrator Health:

This paradigm be it complex allows your minds to breathe and soak in new perspectives. In a way when we work we are set in method and process in a literal sense which we can break out of as we wouldn’t get aid thus can’t live.

The parallels from this exhibition recalled my thoughts on how as creatives we do need time to break our condiments and leave the studio to see the world, away from screens or sketchbooks. The lack of pressure in my case boosted my confidence and gained a new perspective to look down, on how you easily communicate abstract meanings like in this exhibition. Ultimately the recluse that we put ourselves into work can restrict our thinking. We shouldn’t become robotic due to economic pressures, allow the time to experience the world around us, as creatives it would be ironic if we didn’t act creatively, to which I think being stuck in a room night after night drawing away becomes arbitrary. The time and space to relax, along with completing commissions or projects should work together in equilibrium, otherwise we aren’t better than machines. When as creatives we should be getting out there for opportunities or simple insights.

By no stretch would it be right to not work but, there are allowances to just remove yourself, and gain a new outlook which will boost your creative efficiency otherwise we would become zombified as I mentioned initially.

In the Huffington Post Blog, I found an older post dubbed ‘Taking Timeouts to Decrease Stress and Increase Creativity’. This article supports what I mentioned about removing yourself to re-energize. All be it Robert here mentions about consistent breaks throughout the day or ‘Timeouts’. He follows the same outline you can’t run on infinite energy when you don’t have any; the rest bite you take allows you to consolidate your thoughts ultimately relaxing to boost creativity, thus reducing stress. This is a procreative ideology I will take seriously, not in the sense of becoming master procrastinator, because that is dark path to follow in creative environment. As you will become untrustworthy in employer’s eyes with your lack of effort or attitude which is something I strongly avoid and will continue to do so in order to build a credible reputation as a possible freelancer for the future.

Editorial Competition?!:

During the minor adventures, me and my other students around the coast docks where the galleries presided, I received an email from my tutor about a illustration brief for company ‘Little White Lies’. The brief consisted of creating a magazine cover for the new film ‘The Personal Shopper’ starring Kristen Stewart from the incredibly popular vampire films which make no comprehensible sense.

(You know what I mean, I dare not utter its name).

Usually in the past I would ignore the extra work load passively but this time I feel I should just challenge myself with something completely random such as this brief. Again, regardless of winning or shortlisting, it’s about taking part to boost my experience and learn from any mistakes.

I shall conclude this tale in the further posts.


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