When I work on a big project (like the SBC or the teapot) or if I have a design problem that’s not worked out, I sometimes find myself just sitting there. It’s like when you daydream. Only I sit there and my mind works through different design possibilities.
Some artists sketch out their designs. I do that sometimes too. But for 3D pieces (i.e. ones that are made to be seen in the round) I find it easier to picture them in my head. Maybe it seems more fluid, easily changeable that way. Once it’s down on paper it seems permanent, like I can’t make changes.
So during projects I’ll just sit there, usually with a notebook nearby just in case. Then 5, 10, 15 minutes later I snap out of it, hopefully with the answer to my design question.