Ok im sure this is a problem many of you have had when you start out as an artist and one Im facing now.
For some reason I cant find my inner artist, the thing in side that makes me draw for hours and hours. I can sit down with all the intention of the world but for the life of me i cant dont anything.
If you tell me to do something then as good is my witness I'll do it to the best i can. To do create something off my off back without it being too much like my inspiration (i.e a complete rip off)...nothing happens.
And if i do finally do it im too self critical and think its shit.
Do any of you have any advise or tips to over come this mental block i seem to have. Its really hindering me and drawing (sorry for pun) back from my artist goals.
You have to quit trying to find your inner artist. When you play baseball, do you waste time trying to find your inner baseball player? Of course not. You either play, or you don't.
I don't know if this is the root of your insecurity, but I've noticed that a lot of people feel guilty about imitating other artists and not having their own style. This is how all great artists started out, there's nothing to be ashamed of.
I wanted to write it, but every time I sat down to write it I felt so depressed. I've done other essays this semester, so I started thinking about why this particular essay was more difficult. I think because it's an important essay, it became so scary that I kept thinking about the difficulty of writing an entire essay, and not about the individual paragraphs. When I thought about the essay in small parts it became easier.
I'm posting this story here because I realized this is the same way I always aproach drawing. I don't start by making a painting, I start with little sketches. Again, I don't know if this is related to your problem at all, the way you described it was pretty vauge. But I'm just throwing it out there.
life drawing has really helped me with the same problem. Get out your sketch book and as often as you can 3-5 hours at a time if you can just draw the crap out of everything. Draw people and dogs, fences, shoes, bags mops. What ever you can see. Draw like you are totaly insane and the quality in your work will go up and up. do lots of studies. If you can't think of something to draw start copying out of your favorite books, Life drawing books, anatomy books, Cartooning books- What ever your worst at. Do insane amounts of this. Eventually your brain will have a huge visual vocabulary to draw from.
Always spend lots of time doing the stuff your terrible at.
Never judge your work the day you did it.
Stop thinking too much.
You have to work yourself up to the point were you can stop looking, not that you have found anything, but your at a place were you can allow yourself to stop looking.
the artist is allready there, your going to look for him, and even tough he is right there like the monitor infront of you (or the mirror in the bathroom) you can't help but look.
Because its not about "finding" anything, its about validation, its about permission from this "self" that you don't feel that you have.
Things pop up when you start this process, you realize that your ashamed, hurt, scared, afraid, and all this is what keeps you from doing art, and in the end FUELS it.
Think about it like this, ever sit down to draw and you feel allmost guilty? doesn't that feeling compare to a feeling that you had when you were doing something without permission? Remember how much better something felt after getting that permission?
Here is the catcher, you got to figure out how to struggle that permission out of yourself. You have to discover a way to validate yourself as a artist.
No other persons respect
No good Comment
No Great critisism
Nothing from anyone else is going to give you what you need.
This question asks the same question I've had in my head for ages... but do you also feel like when you were a kid you could just draw and draw for hours and not even think about it? Drawing was my biggest interest as a child, then I stopped doing it during my teen years due to getting a computer. Now I want to return to it and make a career out of illustration and design so I'm trying to make every sketch I do have value and it just fails. I have an idea and then I stop before I start because I know my proportions will be off and it will look awful anyway.
I think what someone else said in the thread is the answer. Take small steps, and practice... not everything you make is going to tell a story or have meaning. If you get stuck, just google image search something of interest and draw that as well as drawing from life more then eventually working on anatomy etc... that's going to be my strategy anyway
What I do is,
I Meditate and Imagine my own "perfect world"
that will get your Ideas Pumping out.
Thats how I get awesome Ideas
Listening to great music will help a lot too.
Listen to The Spirited away soundtrack
then see what you can paint/draw