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Keywords: Defining creative confidence

Stylised illustration of a character wearing a samurai helmet adorned with a crab, sea creature and flowers
Stylised illustration of a character wearing a samurai helmet adorned with a crab, sea creature and flowers
Crab Samurai illustration. Omar Hernandez del Canto. 2020.
Written by
Omar Hernandez del Canto
Published date
01 December 2020

Omar shares some wise words to fuel your creative mindset. He introduces some ideas on how to develop your creative confidence, a keyword for all creatives.

Now a graduate and part of the teaching team on Insights, he reflects on how he sometimes finds it difficult to complete work due to trust and belief in himself, in other words he sometimes lacks creative confidence.

Omar explains how confidence connected to the concept of self-efficacy:

“Self-efficacy is how you perceive your abilities to accomplish a particular task. Your own perception, no one else’s.”

"I go through this struggle all the time- this confidence struggle……The greatest artists in the world also battle with this. I have to understand that sometimes I have to disregard my own emotional outlook on my work and actually recognise the factual- what I’ve been told, what I know- my goals, accomplishments and positive feedback."

Creative confidence and self-efficacy

During this ‘How to’ ‘podcast’ Omar will introduce you to 2 main ways to improve your self-efficacy and in turn your creative confidence:

* No.1: Look back at your accomplishments
* No.2: Analyse positive feedback

And through the conversation you’ll hear from Omar about his own experiences and examples how to identify and use these approaches to your advantage.

Use the time stamps in the YouTube description to guide you through key points in the conversation. Listen separately or alongside Omar’s time-lapse illustration below.

Omar talks creative confidence

Podcast: Omar Hernandez del Canto.

Timelapse: Crab Samurai illustrative piece

Video: Omar Hernandez del Canto. Mute the music on this video if you’d like to listen together with Omar’s podcast.

As Omar says in the podcast, "an example of my accomplishments is to create a time-lapse illustration that goes with this talk. Creating an illustration without stopping has been a goal of mine because I have a lot of unfinished work, it’s a bad habit! So…I set myself a goal to create a time-lapse video of me illustrating one of the ideas that I have in my head.”

Omar’s top tips for changing your creative mindset

“List down accomplishments and positive feedback. It will change the outlook on your work you’ll start managing your self-efficacy much better and in turn it will bring your confidence levels up.

(Then) Write beside your accomplishments and positive feedback and why are you doing this? (What’s your interests creatively).”

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