The creative process is as unique from person to person as is our DNA. For some they have to constantly be feeding the part of their soul with imagery and music and just flat out amazing creativity.
For me personally when I see, hear, taste or touch something that was created that just astonishes me... The last thing I get is inspired! It makes me feel so inferior to these artists and craftsmen. Wayne and Garth said it best, "We are not worthy!" All jokes aside I am in awe of the artists of today. The things the human mind comes up with are just staggering. I feel lucky to be able to call myself an artist and be able to almost stand amongst these visionaries. My creative process consists of some key elements that I never leave out and a few that are plug and play depending on the medium we are creating. A few of them are the OBJECTIVE (If for client long term vision of brand) RESEARCH, BRAIN STORMING, (can be rough comps, line drawings, unedited writing or sketches) EDITING and or DIRECTING and PRESENT. I say "WE" because much of my work has been a collaborative process. Some of my best projects have come from this process. I do not intend on going back to being a solo act anytime soon.