Anonymous asked: How do you deal with art block?
Thanks for your question Anon! :)
To be honest I am not very good at dealing with art block. I have had extended periods of time (months, even a full year at one point) when I was absolutely unable to draw - too tired, unmotivated, feeling like everything I was drawing was crappy and like I was not improving at all…
I have a number of cope mechanisms to try and avoid that from happening (or dealing with it when it creeps on me again):
- Draw often, if possible everyday. This is the most important point - don’t let too much time go by without drawing, and if you already have, get yourself back into the saddle and set yourself on a schedule to draw a lot. As somebody put it before me, “Creativity is amazing, the more you use it the more you have”. It doesn’t mean that you should necessarily work on a full-fledged masterpiece everyday - sketching lots of small pictures very often is more efficient at both breaking an art block and avoiding them. Keeping a daily sketchbook or sketchblog is a good way to do this. (This is partly why I started the Inkdrops project btw.)
- Draw stuff you like! Don’t put too much strain and pressure on yourself. This ties in with the first point - if you draw a small picture everyday, you can absolutely indulge in that random Snape fanart you have been wanting to draw but felt like it was a waste of your drawing time. :)
- Allow yourself to fail. You can’t produce a masterpiece everytime you pick up your pencil - it just doesn’t happen. Again this ties in with point 1 - if you draw a small picture everyday, it doesn’t really matter if some of them are just not that great. And these are mistakes you can learn from for your next masterpiece, so everybody wins.
- Read theoretical art books and tutorials! I find this dead useful when I feel blocked. It gives me tons of ideas to try and makes me itch to get back to the drawing board.
- Get inspired. Roam the Tumblrz. Find good art. Be awed! :)
Hope this helps! :)