Journal Entry: Wed Sep 21, 2011, 6:30 AM
Ok, if you guys are still wondering, this post may help you. Its just a way I go on about it.
First of all, what is an art block? Just like writer's block, an artist gets an art block. Its a state where you either; can't think of anything to draw, your drawings turn out crap, you're just not getting your drawings right, or just uninspired.
So how do I deal with it?
The very first thing you MUST do is to actually STOP DRAWING. This is your brain telling you to take a break.
If you force yourself out of an art block, it ALWAYS shows. It will look rushed or unthought of.
Second, is try and do something else NOT related to art/creativity... Go for a run, watch TV, read a book, play games, see friends etc.
Third; try and listen to music. Calm your brain and get rid of your thought process. Music is a way of simulation, sometimes you will get inspiration from it.
If you have an idea of what sort of thing you're after but just cant get it right in the end, this is where I think music helps. Especially if you have a theme in your head. Usually listening to the right genre of music that goes with the theme you're creating enhances your imagination and gets you in the right mood.
As an artist, I dont actually listen to music whilst I am working, it's a distraction majority of the time (this has been tested). But I only do it when I am completely walled.
Try going out and just look around for things to do. For me, normally going to town, and reading things inspire me. seeing something always sparks an idea in your head.
The common things that trigger my inspiration is something so minute,either a word, or a small piece of object.
When it comes to actually creating something, imagine what you want the end piece to look like. Without direction, it will fall apart.
I read a book with a great quote to success; "Begin with the end in mind".
But yeah, that's my two cents. I know the majority of the community here are artist, and somewhat relate. Hope it helps guys.
I deal with it most of the time, because my career is my hobby, and it could get a bit strainuous.