Muses

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Muses

Postby Fitts on Thu Jul 21, 2005 8:09 pm

Are there such creatures? I am intrigued, perhaps they are like computers that don't have problems, the sort of thing you hear about but never see.
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Postby Caleb on Thu Jul 21, 2005 10:15 pm

My guitar is my muse. I don't know if that counts. But it makes me write good, so I guess it does.

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Postby Cybermotron on Fri Jul 22, 2005 1:38 am

Fitts, maybe your just not recognising them. You must have been inspired by someone, something, sometime. Surely! My freinds inspire me, they are my muses. My older brother too especially, we're hugely competetive and I'm always inspired by that. Girls; I often come up with my best stuff when I'm trying to impress a chick. Hmmm, I wonder if that word has anything to do with musicians, cos thats all a band is. A bunch of people bouncing ideas of each other and being inspired by each other.

Thats just the short list, I'm sure if you think about it you've already got a few.
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Postby Fitts on Fri Jul 22, 2005 7:42 pm

Perhaps, with a bit of perhaps not as well. People tend to inspire me very little, I think I am far more self driven than that. I have never really had much support from friends or family when it comes to comics. I think I could justifiably say that my rampant imagination inspires me far more than outside influences ever have. Impress a girl with comics? Not many people I know are even interested in art. I definitely give them all hell when they complain about money being spent on the arts. Hmmm, needs more thinking but I will try to think of people who inspire me, I can only think of two girls who have ever inspired me and even then it has been very brief inspiration.
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Postby practicecactus on Fri Jul 22, 2005 10:19 pm

you know..when I brought up the girls thing..I was just being an idiot.
theres a difference between doing it for someone else,and being inspired.
ya gotta please yourself first.
I find, I work better once I've gotten that out of the way..then I'm free to draw without the urge.

A muse should Inspire creation right? Someone or something that just makes you want to make shit..
I have yet to find this.

..sounds kinda wanky..
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Postby Fitts on Sat Jul 23, 2005 10:32 am

I guess when it gets to the point where it is not pleasing you, perhaps having the opposite effect, that is maybe the point at which you should stop. I think I have to watch out for that at the moment, not feeling very inspired to go on the way I have been. The more I think about it the more I think my imagination is my muse.
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Postby Cybermotron on Sun Jul 24, 2005 7:36 pm

I know you were joking cactus, I was just running with it, except for in my last comment. When I'm talking shit to women, telling a story, making an observation, often the ideas I come up with in these situations turn out to be my best stuff, because its when I'm most motivated to impress and get a laugh. I wouldn't tell them I was filing away my comments for later use in a comic, unless they were interested in that kind of crap, or depends on how drunk I am, then I'm likely to say anything.

And damn tootin ya gotta do it for yourself, but I think you've also gotta have other people in mind or why would you bother showing it to anyone?

Muse is just a word, granted it is a wanky one, thats prone to overly romanticised interpretations. I find it hard to believe that no one here is inspired by anything else but themselves. To me that idea is a much wankier one.

For example the subject for your next sci-fi comic? You must have been inspired by robots or space, or Isaac Asimov, or Terminator what ever gives you your kicks, gets your creative juices flowing. The dictionary just says a muse is whatever gives you your inspiration, it can be anything.
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Postby Fitts on Mon Jul 25, 2005 12:09 am

I guess any discussion about influences and inspiration tends to have the passive/active thing raised at some stage. Granted I have many passive influences, but right now I don't see many active ones, and so my productivity drops. I am hoping that after my next four days away I will be back up and fighting fit.
Still I think the idea of a partner who is supportive of art in general would be nice. Seems that there are not many people I know in such a situation.
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Postby catfish on Mon Oct 17, 2005 8:51 pm

hee! i may be queer and female but my muse is not women.. though i do tend to base my main characters on the current love interests of my life :D

yes, finding a chance to get away from modern day distractions is very tricky to manage, but for me it's sometimes very productive. i find that a window looking into the garden and an idling playstation seem to be my muses. (the playstation gives me the illusion i can stop working and this soothes away stress/pressure). also before i work i usually garden for 30 mins.
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Postby melongod on Tue Nov 08, 2005 1:22 pm

I find my initial muse is me just wanting to do [/i]something.
And then, if I've created characters that I really like, my muse comes from me not being able to wait to see what they do next.
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Postby Demongoldfish on Fri Jun 23, 2006 4:02 pm

im looking at this topic and wearing a muse Tshirt. since i have nothig to add i will just say MUSE are a kick arse band and you should all love and worship them... unless you dont like their music in wich case buy their CD's and throw them at trains
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Postby Cybermotron on Fri Jun 23, 2006 5:16 pm

Hmmm...I must try that...I think I'll burn their CD first though.....I'll want to do it a few times.
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Postby Demongoldfish on Sat Jun 24, 2006 2:06 pm

damn you and your CD burner. i tell you its kids like you who are going to destroy the whole CD/train throwing business. think of the musicians man! think of the train drivers. i mean who wants a burnt CD thrown at them? gimme the real thing any day
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Postby Cybermotron on Mon Jun 26, 2006 3:46 am

Heh...purists!
My 24 hour comic from this year which I'm still finishing....
http://forums.pulpfaction.net/viewtopic ... 1956#31956

And the one from last year which I did finish...
http://forums.pulpfaction.net/viewtopic.php?t=1895
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Postby Christian on Tue Jun 27, 2006 10:38 pm

I love the notion of the Muse. I think its a beautiful idea. The idea that a beautiful woman comes down and inspires us. But sort of ultimately... useless.

I don't think 'creativity' is anything really special. Every man jack one of us on this board has plenty of ideas. This leads to a discussion of 'where do you get your ideas from?' I think that is both a really unimportant question and a hugely important one. My personal belief is that we cobble creation together from our lives, what we experience in them. Be that a desire to impress girls (a motivating factor of art I think is grossly underestimated), the books we read, the tragedies of our lives or a desire to comment.

So I think in that sense, ultimately, we are each our own Muse.

For the record, I get all my inspiration from Terry Brooks, Di Morrisey and Sidney Sheldon.
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