View Full Version : Article: 7 Steps to Easier Problem Solving

10-07-2016, 09:11 AM
As creatives, our days are usually centered around solving problems. Whether its designing a product or character, developing a rig, animating a scene or any number of tasks we face as digital artists, problem solving is at the core of what we do. Itís also what I love most about the work I do.

As we grow, we become better problem solvers. In this article I share seven simple steps to aid you in your journey of becoming a better problem solver and in turn a better artist.

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10-07-2016, 03:19 PM
Sorry I can't resist, this is partially covered in your point 3 and 6:

8) sometimes the hard way _is_ the right way
Sometimes there is no trickery, no easy solution, no shortcuts, sometimes you _have_ to do it the hard way.

seen enough post, where people are searching for some kind of cheatery, and given up before they actually start,
because they are overwhelmed by the amount of work they think they are faced.

some of those might be surprised how often you'll find solutions by simply starting the problem you are facing in brute force mode,
and sometimes the "hard work" is actually not that hard in the end, or you are actually finding different shortcuts / cheatery etc
on your way doing so.

you know, hit a nerve... sorry

10-07-2016, 03:29 PM
Very true.

I call it the "Star Wars Button" or the "Do My Job Button". I wrote about it here:



"I like to call this magical tool the “Do My Job” button. You know, the button that you click and it creates whatever you’re currently tasked with in one simple step. Many people waste valuable time looking for the “easy” way out of their problem. Although this method sometimes leads to a breakthrough, usually the end result is lost time. The sooner you realize there isn’t a “Do My Job” button and that you need to put a little elbow grease into each project, the sooner you will be on your way to producing amazing work."

10-07-2016, 03:39 PM
also a very nice, well written, article

10-07-2016, 04:00 PM
also a very nice, well written, article

Thanks. Much appreciated!

10-08-2016, 02:23 AM
You missed Step 8. "Get a bigger hammer"


10-08-2016, 02:27 AM
You missed Step 8. "Get a bigger hammer"


How'd a miss that one?


10-08-2016, 02:45 AM
You missed Step 8. "Get a bigger hammer"


Yep, never forget the effectiveness of 'percussive maintenance'...

10-08-2016, 02:56 AM
Step 6: Try everything.

i Love this One   http://erikalstad.com/backup/misc.php_files/smile.gif

'cause, how can you possibly know that it didn't work, if you haven't tried Absolutely everything?(!)  http://erikalstad.com/backup/misc.php_files/smile.gif

10-08-2016, 04:56 AM
Really wonderful write. I am your big fan!
I agree also, that stepping away from computer for a while can really give new perspective. I try always to remember to do that.

10-08-2016, 07:08 PM
By the way, I love your book William!