The process of creation is as unique as the those who use it. All who endeavor to create - from crayon-wielding toddlers to professionally trained artists, writers, and inventors - experience the same 3-point process of inspiration, design, and creation. However, while these steps comprise the backbone of creativity in general, it is the specific treatment that each step receives that gives a person’s creative process its unique substance.
My own pattern, for example, consists of floating in and out of all three phases throughout the course of development. While the initial idea for a piece is often sparked by a single object or image, the fleshing out of that idea requires a mixture of additional imagery, sketching, and play. My work begins, more often than not, on the internet. I am constantly scanning the endless pages of the web for imagery that portrays a unique perspective or an object to which I have no physical access (plants native to Australia, for example). Since I don’t have the hard-drive space to save everything that appeals, I use web tools such as Pinterest to save them for me.