Commentary Borrow

Drawing Inspiration Without Crossing the Line

Artists have always drawn inspiration from the world around them. Whether it’s the beauty of nature, the complexity of human emotions, or the works of other artists, our creative minds are constantly absorbing and processing information. However, in today’s interconnected world, the lines between inspiration and imitation can become blurred, raising important questions about ethical borrowing in art. My wife gave me a box of cards for the holidays in 2022. I was puzzled because they were creativity cards and I thought, what the heck is this, I don’t need them. Well, folks, I was wrong and I will attempt to do a card a week and record an episode about how I am utilizing the card I draw every week if you decide to pick up a deck and do these let me know.

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Points to Consider

  • Study and Learn
  • Give Credit Where Credit is Due
  • Transform and Combine
  • Seek Permission
  • Embrace Feedback
  • Be Mindful of Plagiarism
  • Stay True to Your Voice

The Kernal of Borrow

Borrow ideas, themes, and techniques from your creative idols.

Borrow Definitions

Borrow: to get or receive something from someone with the intention of giving it back after a period of time, to take and use a word or idea from another language or piece of work, to take something from someone with the intention of giving it back after using it. Source Cambridge Dictionary

Borrow Challenge

  • Whose work inspires you?
  • Name five characteristics you or your group most want to be known for and make a list of trailblazers who embody them.
  • Imitate something you love, whether it is a recipe, a poem, an illusion, or something else.

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