- look for tutorials on dA of things you're not good at and practice those things (
Here's my tutorial collection.
- look for art books!Solution 2: forcibly interrupt the natural creative cycle by looking for sources of inspiration and trying hard.
- see solution for "external art block" bellow
External Art Block
This type pf art block is characterized by a Lack of inspiration, lack of ideas and specially a lack of motivation to draw, but if you do manage to draw or doodle you can totally get good results.
In this type of art block, what is causing it is either:a)
You have a lot in your mind at the moment - it could be any sort of personal problems or you simply are too busy at the moment. For instance, I stop drawing when I have a lot of things to do for school even if I'm not doing them; I feel guilty for not taking care of my responsibilities; b)
Routine caught up with you and you're just not excited about anything lately - your sources of inspiration dried out. It can also be that you're bored with drawing the same kind of stuff over and over (like I do lol).c)
You reached a point in a project where you either lost interest, got bored, or got lazy because it's a part you don't personally like, or maybe it's a part that's difficult and/or time-consuming for you.
How to deal with it:
Solution for cause a: either be done with your responsibilities or schedule a time just for drawing, even if just half an hour.
Getting over this kind of block is really hard for me so I don't have any great insight. I imagine if you try to do some self-psychology and convince yourself you're not being awful for drawing and that you do have time for everything you can get over it, but I never tried hard enough to know for sure it would work. The solution bellow, however, can totally work for this issue as well, sometimes! It's probably quite personal tho.Solution for cause b: Go look for inspiration!
Here are all the strategies/sources I know that can help:
- Change medium;
- DRAW WHEN SLEEP-DEPRIVED and let your subconscious rock. like, seriously.
- Write cool dreams down when you wake up and try to make something out of them;
- Look at awesome artists' works (online or from art books);
- Travel or visit some cool new place in your town you haven't been to;
- Design a new character;
- Redesign a character - could be from a show, a book, a cartoon, an old char of yours, a friend's, an idol's (last two with permission);
- Look for new characters to draw (could be a friend's, an idol's, your own);
- Draw stuff you usually don't/learn something new;
- Come up with themes, like a quote, a phrase, a word, 3 words (google!);
- Look for contests;
- Get inspired by a movie;
- Get inspired by a song;
- Get inspired by a show or cartoon or anime;
- Draw or paint a random shape and then try to make something out of it;
- Draw yourself in unusual ways;
- Draw friends and/or family;
- Redo an old drawing;
- Let go of fear of the new and experiment with different techniques and styles;
- Browse stock pictures of people, buildings, landscapes, animals, whatever, and get inspired;
- Look for challenges online! Actually, here you go: 100ThemeChallenge
you're welcome! (google for more tho);
- Make up your own challenges;
- Offer requests (I advise no strings attached lol peepol be crazeh) or art trades;
- Look for inspiration in everywhere you go, for instance observe what people wear, their expressions, plants etc;
- Research art, fashion and architecture from cultures completely different from yours for freshness and inspiration;
- Try to temporarily adopt a point of view completely different from yours: "what would it be like to be ....";
- Change the layout of your arting space;
- Draw mythical creatures;
- Look for inspiration in mythical stories and characters, for instance in Greek and Nordic mythology;
- Draw crossovers or gender bends if you're into that;
- Do memes from dA;
- Always have a sketchbook with you;
- Write down ideas you have, even if just concepts/ley words, you can combine them into something awesome later;
- Trying to hard sometimes is the problem, art goes well with spontaneously, not stress (I know this is hard to follow but basically it means, don't take it so seriously all the time and you'll be surprised at your results)
- Look for new exciting PS/SAI brushes/textures/patterns (careful with that tho it's addictive D'8).Extra: things I personally do because I'm damn weird:
- look at any textured wall and see THE UNIVERSE IN IT and then draw it.
- in the shower, when washing your hair: put all the hair that falls off onto the wall (it's wet so it'll stay in place). After the shower, look at it and see SILHOUETTES OMG tripping balls; and then draw what you see. Solution for cause c:
I like working on 2 or 3 (usually 2) projects at a time because by switching between them I avoid getting bored or frustrated, and to me it's re-energizing too - it aaaaaaaaaalways works
wonders! Another thing I do is taking breaks, I notice that when I take a break, specially after finishing the sketch, when I'm back at it I'm able to see things more clearly, including mistakes that I didn't notice before.
Internal Art Block
Characterized mainly by lack of motivation.
In this type of art block, what is causing it is either:a)
You're insecure and/or frustrated about your own art and skill. This usually comes hand in hand with comparing yourself to others and being intimidated by other people's skills to the point where you get sad and demotivated;b):
You're frustrated about your own art and skill because you feel like you haven't been improving at all, or not fast enough.
How to Deal with it: Solution for cause a: snap out of this shit!
This is a very important lesson for any artist because we're all prone to jealousy so HEAR ME OUT:do not compare yourself to others
- it's useless, counterproductive and harmful. Everybody is different, everybody is at a different place in their artistic journey and everybody has their own pace, therefore THERE IS no comparison
. Get over it, please! Be proud of your work, look at how much you're improved!
This is specially important to understand because looking at different art styles and techniques is just so important! It brings new elements to your own art, it's inspiring, you can learn a lot from others! You cannot create art in a bubble and you're bound to be more productive and motivated if you're surrounded by awesome art!
Also, remember that every single amazing artist you adore started out like everyone else does - from scratch, with little to no skill (:Solution for cause b: Go learn/practice.
Usually when people feel like their improvement is too slow is because they've made the very serious and common mistake of skipping the fundamentals of art
. For instance: Go. Learn. Proper anatomy. Before. Jumping. Into. Anime.
You will improve 200 times faster this way, I guarantee it
. Other fundamentals are: Light/shadow, color and perspective.
Sometimes the problem is that you keep drawing what you already know how to draw - you will never improve if you stay in your comfort zone, go learn new stuff, stuff you're not good at (look for tutorials, books, or go to Sycra's channel on youtube, just sayin)! Doing that is also going to inspire you :3
And about drawing things you're not so good at: let go of the fear of "failing". I know the only reason I don't practice landscape is because I'm terrified of doing a terrible job and getting sad, and so fair this has been slowing me down a looooooooot. So let go of that fear, make mistakes, it's the only way to learn and no one is judging you, it's worth it!Also...
There are these things called "creativity exercises". I'll look into that some day soon and If I find it's cool I'll include some here! :3
That's all folks :3
I really hope this is helpful feedback is appreciated (pls tell me if you think there's something bad about this, I know it's super long but I still want it to be effective!), feel free to share! I really wanted to do something like this because everything I found on dA about dealing with art block is good but incomplete, so I tried to include absolutely everything I knew could help!
If you can think of something that would be a good contribution for this, please let me know, I'll probably include your suggestion/idea (:
Oh btw, here's a little feature
These are art block related deviations I found that are cool and funny, check them out!
Stay productive babes!
(Notice the irony in the fact that I'm writing this instead of following any of my advice lol)