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How To Deal With ART BLOCKS

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.

Good luck!

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Miyu-dreamer Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
when i get art block i read 1/2 prince by Yu Wo
its a great story and give me inspiration

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online novel: [link]
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KwesiX Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
thanks that was an eye opener. it makes so much sense y didn't i think of that :facepalm:
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keyblademaster128 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011
Great advice!
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fishgul69 Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
hell, my block is thinking that my art is leading to nothing. *wail*
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BlackStar2661 Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2011  Student General Artist
I have a killer art block I want so badly to break... I'm defintitely keeping this in mind. Thank you.
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Kuromu Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2011   Digital Artist
I always start off listening to music while I sketch. Half way through the line art process, I often snap out of a daze to realise that I turned to music off without realising at some point.
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peculiar4 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for the advice! I hate art blocks... makes me feel like i've lost all art related talent, my moment of weakness...
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xLycoris Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2011
Thanks for the advice :D
I find what helps me is to stop creating art for a while then in time, I look for new styles and sources of inspiration. Once had an artist block that lasted months :I
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Tumas-Muscat Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for sharing. There's some brilliant advice there! :)
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KittyKillsAll Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I think this is very helpful advice. Would you mind if I copied it (and gave you credit of course) to my journal for my watchers?
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