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Not every artist is a sports lover. Some people may even argue that the creativity associated with art is at odds with the brutality often involved in sports. However, a sporting event is actually a great place to go for inspiration when you are running low on creativity. Watching a football game at your favorite bar is enjoyable but watching a game in person surrounded by the smells, sights, and sounds of the sport is a full-blown sensory experience that can get you back in the studio raring to go.
First, sporting events are notoriously crowded. This may sound like a disadvantage because many people suggest that quiet meditation and time away from noise and the hectic pace of life helps to recharge your creative battery. Despite this commonly held belief, studies have shown immersing yourself in positive, exciting energy can be just as refreshing as peace and quiet. Talk to the people seated around you. From die hard fans to knitting circles, you never know who you might run in to at a sporting event.
As you tune into the game itself you can’t help but be inspired. Sports are all about one basic concept that is equally important in art—movement. The movement of the athletes. The movement of the ball. The movements that are exchanged between members of the opposite teams. The movements of the coaches. The movements of the cheerleaders. Focusing in on one person or one interaction for a few minutes can provide you with some extremely fascinating material. Don’t forget to bring your sketch pad.
During breaks, make sure you make your way to the concession stands. The individuals that have bravely left their seats to secure food and drink are often a bit more interesting than the counterparts they have left behind in the seats. Not to mention the sights and smells of the ball game food may bring back memories of your own childhood. Lines at bathrooms are even a great place to do a bit of people watching.
In the final tense moments of a close game, it is a great time to focus in on the facial expressions of fans near you. The range of emotions that they may be feeling as the seconds tick past can provide you with a substantial amount of material. By this point in the game, you should have identified a few interesting individuals that you know will be good subjects to keep your eye on during these last moments.
Finally, make sure to stay as long as possible after the game has ended. The wave of people leaving the stadium is often a sight to behold. After they have departed, the items they have left behind is equally meaningful in a dystopian way. The interactions that happen on the field following the game can be interesting. Many people rush to their cars after the event, or even before it ends, so they do not get stuck in traffic and never even see the stadium in this deserted state.
Even if you don’t like sports, you may want to grab tickets to an upcoming game!