The work of artist and designer Bin Cochran is a bit of a daydream in and of itself. His enchanting portfolio of whimsical themes and dayglow colors (plus an Instagram account devoted entirely to the most aesthetically pleasing character illustrations we’ve ever seen) draws you into a world that’s thought-provoking yet refreshingly cool. His mantra when it comes to creating? “Don’t overthink it — just start.”
Bin was a natural fit for our Reverie Daydream Artist Series, so we sat down with the Atlanta native to talk inspiration, the artistic process, and how everyone can use daydreaming to inspire a little creativity.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself.
Bin: I’m a lover of life, perpetually curious, and an informationholic (if that’s even a word). I’m an artist, marketer, ATL native, shoe fanatic, and hip hop zealot.
Q: What's a perfect daydream look like to you?
Bin: For me, the perfect daydream would flow like this:
Step 1: Start with gratitude.
Step 2: You want stuff (desires, things, experiences, goals). Think about those.
Step 3: Lastly, let the brain go wild. Remove the pressure of thinking a certain way and let that puppy fly.
Image: Head In The Clouds
Q: What things do you consider part of your "artist's toolbox" of inspiration?
Bin: Inspiration for me is like the local cable company or the McDonalds ice cream machine: unreliable. But if I sit down (sometimes forcefully) and start a project, the next thing I know hours have gone by and I am proud of what I have done. Don't overthink, just start.
Image: Noisy to Calm
Q: When are you most creative?
Bin: 2:45 Malaysia Standard Time
Q: If you had three rules to live by, what would they be?
Bin: Keep an open mind on all subjects, have a positive attitude and live with freedom from fear.
Q: Tell us about your process and inspiration behind this artwork.
Bin: I wanted to convey certain concepts in these pieces:
- Clarity: Having clarity in thoughts, needs, desires, wants, hopes, and dreams.
- Noisy to Calm: It’s not about stopping the internal chatter, but to focus it. Make friends with the Monkey mind, as Mingyur Rinpoche, Tibetan Buddhist Master teaches.
- Head In The Clouds: This doesn’t mean being unfocused, but embracing the thoughts of a youthful brain that limits the influence of the outside world, truly allowing one to daydream and tap into the imagination.
Q: How can people feel inspired to daydream?
Bin: Just start.
Don't overthink it.
Try it right now.
Take a deep breath.
What are you grateful for?
What do you want out of life?
Let your imagination go.