I love looking through art and graphic design shops and browsing around for new & interesting things.
I think of it as art supply treasure hunting.
But I also know that it’s really a search for the catalyst of inspiration. I know I don’t need any new tools or supplies to do some design work. But a little expedition like this is fun and it reminds me of the enormous range of possibilites for expression that exist.
The stuff I pick up is often something I wouldn’t have otherwise tried, or something a little different that causes me to change up my approach. For instance, todays expedition turned up the following:
- A retro looking set of colored pencils made of unpainted wood in a manilla cardboard tube.
- A notebook with a lay flat binding and a rubberised cover that is addictively tactile.
- A set of woodless pencils, they’re 100% graphite and have a satisfyingly heavy mass to them.
Combined with a pad of thick A3 sized paper and a table next to a sunny window, I spent a couple of hours sketching some new design ideas that have been flickering around in my head for the last few weeks.
I didn’t need anything to start sketching, but the few dollars I spent created a sense of anticipation to try these new things out.
Which led to the most important part of all.
Art store inspiration hunting.