Create a feedback loop that makes it look like you actually knew what you were doing from the start

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Establish a feedback loop to move forward creatively (Illustrated by Sarah Healy)

A few weeks ago I wrote about seven rules for creatives from a friendly robot, these were the guidelines CG artist, designer, and creative François Leroy adheres to during his creative process.

One of these rules revolves around creating an effective feedback loop.

I previously write about focusing on volume. Creating a lot of stuff allows you to practice your skills but there is another part of the puzzle if you want to improve as a creative — this is where a feedback loop comes in.

If we create without reflection or feedback, we can be creating yet not improving.

So how do we build a feedback loop into our creative process? …


If not, you are the lucky one.

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Illustration by Sarah Healy

“I have many problems,” the wailing willow told me.

I nodded my head in reply. My eyes took on a glazed look as my response had become almost automatic. I was well used to the wailing willows.

This familiarity created a breathing ground for contempt rather than sympathy.

The sides of her mouth sank to the low south as if two imaginary fingers were pulling harshly at the corners and refusing to give.

It was a permanent frown, one she wore daily so the lines were deeply etched in her face.

Now don’t get me wrong. If someone has a problem I am usually quite sympathetic. …


Maybe you need to tell yourself a different story

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Illustration by Sarah Healy

Ugggghhhhh I feel so old

said the Kind Peacock woefully to his nephew, Coco.

His nephew sighed quietly to himself. This was a daily refrain from his uncle. One that he was used to and now tired of hearing.

He looked intently at his uncle. The corners of his mouth drooped downward to create a permanent form which he carried heavily. In fact, his entire frame drooped in a weary manner. As if the earth has begun to slowly pull him under, and he was powerless to stop it.

The funny thing was that his uncle was not that old.

At 60 he still had many years left to do all the things he claimed he wanted…


Even though most of us fail to make good use of this invaluable part of our lives

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What sleep can do for your brain is pretty amazing (Illustration by Sarah Healy)

François Leroy aka the Friendly Robot lists the ability to rest as one of his seven rules of creativity in his Collective Podcast interview with Ash Thorpe.

He is not alone.

In her book Thrive, Adriann Huffington quotes Dr. Michael Roizen, chief wellness officer of the Cleveland Clinic when he says,

Sleep is the most underrated health habit

In today's society, particularly in the creative field to rest can be viewed as laziness or unambitious. The ability to function on little sleep seems to be an unwritten expectation of many job descriptions. …


If not, perhaps you have heard of them

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Illustration by Sarah Healy

Have you ever met the Burpees?

Chances are that you have heard them even if you have never seen them.

You know when you pour a carbonated drink and hear that delectable fizzing sound.

Have you ever wondered what really makes that noise?

Well if you look very closely you might be surprised. You see the sound is actually a tribe of Micro-scopic creatures that live inside the bottles of fizzy drink. They are hibernating or in a sleepy state until the bottle is opened when they come alive.

That first Hiiiiiissssssttttt when you open the bottle is like an alarm from them. …


Week 01: Where to begin and how to organize my thoughts and training

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Feels like I am on the road to nowhere (Photo taken by Sarah Healy)

Even as I type those words — 100 miles it sends a certain chill through me that remains uneasily at my very core.

Am I afraid? Yes.

But, I have found that fear is a familiar friend when I face big self-inflicted challenges. Like that time I decided to cycle 850km across Australia, despite the fact that I had not cycled in a year, did not own a bike or had ever even camped on my own.

I believe it is a blend of optimism and delusion that allows me to entertain such thoughts and somehow believe that I can achieve them. …


Beginners guide to knowing what elements need to stay, which need to go and create a workflow that allows you to retain your sanity.

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Abstract Sound Layout (Illustrated by Sarah Healy)

Sound design can be a little bit intimidating, especially when you are not technically a sound designer.

But having at least a fundamental knowledge of how to create sound can allow you to experiment with learning how it can amplify your animation.

Previously I wrote about three steps to get started with sound design.

When working in any software organization is important.

When beginning in Adobe Audition, an organized workflow can decrease overwhelm and offer a solid starting point, so you don’t end up like the GIF below.

Don’t get overwhelmed (GIF courtesy of GIPHY)

When customizing your interface, what elements should be prominent?

Below are seven tabs that can quickly allow us to get started in Adobe Audition. …


How focused learning and a solid plan can help you achieve your creative goals

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How to level up as a creative (illustrated by Sarah Healy)

In an interview with Ash Thorpe on the Collective Podcast, François Leroy aka the Friendly Robot lists this as one of his seven rules for creativity.

Rules which I discuss in greater depth here.

The friendly robot stresses

When you learn something you have to be focused on it, and not be a robot

In this post, I would like to delve a little into Focused learning and how this combined with a clear plan can help you level up in your creative field.

So, what is focused learning?

I like to think of this as acquiring knowledge by using a laser-like focus.

When you immerse yourself fully in a topic or choose to commit to it fully you will gain knowledge much more quickly. …


I took it as a signal from the universe that I was ready but maybe I was wrong.

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That is me running my first desert marathon which I funnily enough won!

Why would anyone want to run 100 miles?

I can’t speak for others who have achieved this great feat, but I can tell you about my why.

It scares me and is the opportunity to run and explore part of the world that I have always wanted to.

What makes me think I can do this?

Well, I don't really know if I can or not but I want to try.

To date, I have completed two marathons and one ultramarathon. Well, a baby ultramarathon compared to most ultrarunning standards, a mere 52km.

What is funny is that I ran an ultramarathon before I ran my first marathon. I completed my first marathon when training for the aforementioned ultramarathon. I can remember completing the distance along the lonely backroads of the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia. The dry parched climate of which did little to prepare me for the weather I would face near Melbourne where the race was held near the picturesque coastal town of Torquay. Where on arrival I was greeted with hailstone. …


Neuroticism is sometimes inevitable when it comes to the heartbroken.

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Illustration by Sarah Healy

Nautical the Neurotic, was not always neurotic. In fact, he used to be quite a well functioning sea creature.

He was amiable and generally got on with everyone he met.

He had reached that point in his life where he was happily living on his own, comfortable in his own skin and at ease with the universe.

And it was precisely at that very moment when these three elements aligned that she walked into his life.

His life was never quite the same again.

He can vividly remember that day, she walked into the bait shop that he owned, looked at him with her piercing blue eyes and…

About

Sarah Healy

A multidisciplinary designer, storyteller, and adventuress with a penchant for exploring blank spots on the map. https://healysarah5.myportfolio.com/

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