We've all ran into artist's block at one point or another; what are some of your strategies for beating the block and unlocking your creativity?
For me, it always helps to have a lighthearted competition with friends, or some kind of structured prompt. I started challenging myself to do a small doodle every day in a little planner calendar, and it's really gotten me to draw even when I'm not feeling up to a full piece, because there's not the pressure of a fresh sketchbook page. It's been fun to merge with Inktober this month!
(I'm planning on uploading the Inktober calendar to the art forum at the end of the month, but for now here's what I did for ArtFight in July:)
Ommmmmg stelar , I am a sucker for a good sketchbook and yours is so pretty and colorful! ;A;
I get motivated to draw by seeing other people's art even if that sounds a bit contradictory 🤔 I try to not spent too much time seeing artworks from others like on twitter because I get so many ideas and can never execute all of them so it gets overwhelming. I am also super easily influenceable specially by friends so if one of them is trying a new material, a new prompt or anything of the sort it's very likely I will want to do the same thing as them. 🤡 To be honest I just have a sketchbook because a friend of mine has one too, before that I just scribbled on random loose sheets.
So that's that, I unlock my creativity by looking at pretty art and being a sheeple xD
Last Edit: Oct 29, 2022 17:08:55 GMT -5 by Necrosia
That's so good, I love when I see friends' styles influence each other. I definitely learn best by looking at others too, I really like doing those "draw this in your style" things, or those challenges where everyone has to draw the same concept. Ooh or like art telephone, where each person only gets to see the drawing done right before them in a chain of drawings. I also used to get really inspired reading manga magazines like Shoujo Beat. There's just something really inspiring about seeing how someone else's mind interprets something visually.
And I'm glad your friend convinced you to get a sketchbook! I have a whole storage bin full of my old ones in my closet, and then any time I do a loose one I just kinda cram it out of order into a file folder. 😂 Sketchbooks definitely help me with organization.
Post by rise13eyond on Oct 31, 2022 19:26:51 GMT -5
Spite. I live and function purely out of spite. Someone tells he I can't draw something, be it because my skill isn't up to par or because they think it's cringy...I will make a point of doing it. Sometimes it's even out of spite for myself. I will prove them or myself wrong with an evil grin. If course there are times when my spite isn't as active as it could be, depression happens you know. Burnout too, but the burnout never lasts long and even when depressed I can look at better art and go WATCH ME TRY! Usually anyway.
What motivates me to draw today are my Pinterest folders, but what motivaded myself in the beginning were my characters. Yes, I make characters and stories all the time (at least before, now I'm not so sure) and I wanted to know how they were physically.
My Pinterest folders are full of creative images, mainly costumes and other creative clothes, but they also have drawing tutorials and other things like that.
I think I need to find a stronger motivation for drawing, because I don't draw every time. Actually, I have moments that I don't draw at all, what can be days or in the worst cases, months, but that's not the case now.