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Creative people - creative people are different. At least that's what you hear over and over again. But how exactly are creatives and artists? What are the “typical” characteristics of artists? And which of your skills can you train and improve by getting creative? You can find answers to all of these questions here today.😊

Creative people - creative people are a special kind of person. It's not just a rumor, it's actually proven by neuroscientists. Creative people think and do a little differently than people who are considered to be uncreative.

But what exactly are the characteristics that characterize creative people? What do you do differently from others?

And which of your qualities and skills are trained when you get creative? That's exactly what we're looking at today. 😊

Artists are different - but how are creative people?

The typical artist. How do you imagine him? The very classic image of a creative person is usually a person who is a bit unadjusted, breaks new ground and does what he is really passionate about, right? Even if that may not be the most sensible thing to do.

Because artists and creatives are seen as people who have a slightly different approach to life. Act differently than people for whom reason and rationality are at the top of their personal priority list.

Going new ways and developing new ideas. And do what they really enjoy, what they're good at and what they're really interested in.

But let's take a closer look at that. Here we go! 😊

A note in advance.

One thing is clear. Everyone is different and unique. In other words, the characteristics we are about to look at do not apply to every creative person in exactly the same way. You can't lump all people together. 😊 Just look roughly at what science says applies to most of the people who are considered creative.

This is what defines creative people - 5 “typical” characteristics of artists

That's exactly what we want to do now. Let's take a look at a small selection of properties that science says are typical of creative people.

We picked out 5 pieces for you today. Of course, this is not a final consideration. But at least it should be enough for a small impression. 😊

So let's start!

1. Creative people are curious and break new ground.

We have just hinted at it. Creative people often look for new ways.

Because they go through the world a bit like children.

In other words, they are curious and question a lot (“Why not?”).

Always keep your eyes open.

And when they don't find what they're looking for, they're looking for a way to get what they're looking for and do what they're looking for.

Sometimes very original things come out of it. 😊

Means for you.

In our everyday life, we often walk through the day in functional mode. We only take our surroundings to a limited extent and simply take many things for granted. Try to take a closer look at your surroundings.

And if something doesn't work out the way you'd like. Don't give up immediately. Instead, try to understand why it doesn't work that way and what you could do to make it work. 😊

Always applies in life. And of course also if you want to learn to paint and draw. 😊

By the way.

In our article on promoting creativity you will find a few tricks and exercises with which you can promote and practice unconventional thinking. And so you can increase your creativity. 😊

2. Creatives do exactly what they want to do - even if that doesn't meet the standard.

Another thing that sets creative people apart. They do exactly what they want. Even if others might think that's stupid. It's not up to the norm. And maybe not the most sensible thing to do. But for really creative people, passion for something often takes precedence over reason.

This does not mean that you should behave against all reason, rules and norms.

But in the daily grind we often forget that it is actually our own life and that we should implement at least a little bit of what we really want to do.

First and foremost, we have to please ourselves - and not everyone else. 😊

3. If you don't dare, you won't win - creative people are ready to take risks for their passion.

Sometimes you have to take a little risk for your goal, for your dream, for your passion. Creative people do it. Because if you don't try something out of fear of loss, you have already lost. Even if it takes a lot of courage.

Every now and then you just have to be willing to try things.

Most of the time, what is at stake is imagined much wilder than it is in the end.

Consider why.

What could be the worst that happens to you if you do what you really want to do?

Bet that even the worst case scenario isn't particularly wild? 😊

4. Artists are professionals at what they do - and they have a goal in mind.

Most creative people know exactly what they are doing. They are professionals at what they really care about. And they have a fixed goal in mind that they absolutely want to achieve.

The way to the goal is not always (actually almost never) precisely planned.

But there is a goal.

And that's what creatives somehow achieve in the end.

Because they are just good at what they do.

Because they keep trying new things.

And because they never give up. 😊

So. Goals help. What is your goal? Create a great painting? Being able to exhibit your pictures once? Find something that you really want to work towards. And then you try out different ways to achieve your goals until you get there. 😊

And when it comes to painting and drawing, we try to help you achieve your goals. For example with our drawing set or our acrylic set.

5. Self-reflective to work - creative people question themselves and their actions again and again.

This brings us to the last of the 5 characteristics of artists that we want to look at today.

Creative people keep questioning what they have achieved so far.

This is the only way you can check whether you are still on the right track and are getting closer to your goal.

And so make sure that you develop yourself further and do not stand still.

And. It's also really important to recognize when something you've done wasn't good - and why it wasn't. Then you can work on it. That's the only way to get better next time. 😊

So. Check from time to time whether the direction is still in the right direction, it doesn't hurt. This makes it much easier for you to make corrections than if at some point you realize that you have walked quite a long way in the wrong direction. 😊

What do you mean Not that bad, the characteristics of creative people, right? Maybe you like to keep these mindsets in mind, at least a little. And not only if you want to be an artist. It can also help you in your normal everyday life if you just function a little less and instead go a little more alert through life. 😊

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What does painting promote? 3 qualities you can (and should) train by becoming creative

So, now we've already learned what exactly characterizes creative people. What they do differently from others.

But. If you now like to get creative and learn to paint and draw. What qualities and skills do you train as a result?

Look at children. They often paint and draw all day long.

How many Krickelkrackel pictures did your parents have in their apartment in the past because you brought them home with you every day from kindergarten?

Or how many pictures of your own children are hanging in your apartment? Probably a lot, right? 😊

And children should paint.

Because it helps motor development. That stimulates creativity and imagination. Helps to better process everyday life, what has been seen and experienced. Because it calms and relaxes.

And what applies to children also applies to adults. Painting is good. But which skills exactly can you improve by painting and drawing now? Let's take a look at that in detail.

By the way.

If you want to know more about the relaxing effects of painting and drawing. Take a look at our article on meditative painting. 😊

Painting means learning to see - this is how you go through the world with open eyes.

That might sound strange now. But.

You learn and practice seeing through painting and drawing.

In everyday life we ​​often walk around the world quite blind to our surroundings. Without really realizing what is happening to your left and right. More fixated on the smartphone than on the environment around you. Or simply completely lost in thought and with your head 3 steps further than here and now.

But if you want to learn to paint and draw “properly”, you should go through the world with open eyes. Perceive your surroundings correctly. Just learn to see.

Called. It is a quality of creative people that they really perceive their surroundings.

This is how you learn and practice to see.

And you can practice that.

Just watch very carefully what is happening around you. What does the person who sits across from you in the subway look like? What makes him Maybe you feel a little strange at first. But if you really like to paint realistically, you really have to look at every detail so that you can get it on paper faithfully. You can only paint what you have actually seen.

Vision encompasses very different aspects.

You have to see and assess the proportions and proportions (by the way, knowledge of the vanishing point perspectives can help you).

Recognize where your picture has light areas and where it is rather dark.

You should know the picture inside and out.

And you just have to train that very precise and conscious looking.

For example, by consciously looking at something outside. Really look closely.

By choosing one thing and then concentrating on just one point.

Around this point you set boundaries in your head.

You then only look at what is within these boundary lines.

Then imagine what exactly you would have to draw if you wanted to reproduce this section that you are observing.

First the rough outline.

Only then are the details on.


It can really help if you try to break the things you see into rough geometric shapes. You can then use this to build your picture later. You can find more about this in Simon's article on drawing objects for beginners. 😊


You can only draw in your head in an imaginary way. Or really put what you see on paper. Whatever way you prefer.

You can repeat this exercise over and over. Until it is reasonably easy for you to concentrate precisely on seeing and to memorize what you have seen in such a way that you can reproduce it. 😊

And until that happens, you will need 2 things. Time and patience. And how you can acquire these skills - which are not only useful for creative people, but simply super useful for everyone - we now look at. 😊

And one thing is also clear. Everyone sees things a little differently. Has its own point of view and perspective. You shouldn't even get used to that. You should only practice looking closely. And then best mix that with your personal point of view. Then practically nothing can go wrong. 😊

Being patient helps you (often) in life - this is how you can learn to be patient

So to the next skill that you train by painting and drawing and that characterizes many creative people.


So the ability to wait.

Not having to have and be able to do everything straight away.

But to give one thing time and stick with it.

Not to lose your nerve immediately if something doesn't work out.

And unfortunately that happens pretty quickly these days.

Because virtually everyone is exposed to a certain amount of constant stress. Has no time. And one is used to the fact that everything is always available in a zigzag. But that's not always how life works. Some things just take time.

The good thing is.

Patience can be learned.

For example, with the following tips for everyone - not just for creative people!

This is how you keep your nerve and be patient.

  1. Not everyone is impatient in everything. Most people only lose their nerve with very specific things. Try to find out which things you are about to go crazy with within a very short time. And then work specifically on exactly these things. Or just accept that these things will make you white-hot and don't even try to fight them. But simply to avoid the corresponding situations that lead to impatience.
  2. With hints of impatience. Think about what exactly it will bring you if you are impatient now. What it does to you and whether that somehow helps you achieve your goal quickly. Most of the time there is no point in losing your nerve now. Quite often it is simply not up to you how quickly something goes on. Your suitcase at the airport will definitely not come any faster just because you become Rumpelstiltskin. 😊
  1. Try to make good use of the waiting time. One often loses patience mainly because the waiting time appears to be wasted time. But you can z. Use it, for example, to practice seeing (see Skill 1, which you train by painting and drawing 😊).
  2. Even small physical exercises can help keep your nerves. Sometimes it is enough to close your eyes for a few minutes and just take a deep breath. 😊 This is how you find your inner peace again. And that's exactly what you need if you want to be patient.
  3. But if, despite all the waiting and trying, nothing helps and z. For example, if you simply don't want to go any further in a project, there is only one thing left. Letting go at the right moment. Because clinging convulsively to something, if it leads to nothing at all, is also of no use. 😊

By the way.

That might sound a bit stupid now. But in moments when you are on the verge of losing your nerve, it can help to think of a calm person and imagine how they would behave in your current situation. For example, imagine a Buddha. It would definitely not bounce up and down on the luggage belt like a rubber ball until the suitcase is finally there, would it?😉 You just can't imagine. 😊

Time management: Creativity takes time - this is how you incorporate art into your everyday life.

This brings you to the last of the three skills that we want to look at today and that you can practice by painting and drawing.

Time management.

Because little hinders creativity more than stress and lack of time. This means that ideally you have a little time and no appointments when you unpack the pen and brush. So you should build a time window into your everyday life for your creativity. 😊

That always works very well if you set a deadline for yourself until you want to have something completed or learned.

Because in this way you create an incentive for yourself to sit down in the afternoon / evening / on the weekend and paint and draw.

It can be helpful if you make a more or less precise plan of your to-dos. You should plan at least what you can do within a week. Perhaps you even want to plan relatively precisely which points you want to do the next day.

A super cool way for creative people to organize to-dos is with a bullet journal. You can find out more about this in our article on the Bullet Journal. 😊

And if you are interested in the subject of “Art in everyday life”, you can also take a look at the book “Art before breakfast: Drawing in everyday life - being creative with little time”. 😊

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Short and sweet

That would bring us to the end of our article about creative people.

We looked at which 5 more or less typical characteristics make up almost all creative people. Curiosity, maladjustment, willingness to take risks, ability and self-reflection.

We also looked at 3 sample skills that you can practice by painting and drawing. Vision, patience and time management.

And thus. Let's get to the pen!

What do you think makes creative people?

Do you want to find out more about becoming an artist? Then take a look at our page for artists. 😊

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We at Schnaud want to give you everything you need to inspire your creativity.It doesn't matter whether you want to relax with art, create something or just want to be free. In our blog posts you will find very useful tips and tricks on the subject of art and creativity.