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    Curing My Artblock

    I haven't updated my sketchbook for the longest time.

    At least, a long enough time to deem a "break" not that I really required one anyway.

    So now when i'm telling myself "come on, get something drawn up to update it with" I just find myself sat scribbling random things.

    So whilst the general cure to artblock is to have a break... i'm going to attempt to either:

    1) Come up with a sort of "project". Most likely a fantasy world, with different races and conflicts etc. That would give me lots of artistic room to pour mind to paper.

    2) Scour the CHOW archives and churn out a handful of ideas just to warm the brain up.



    The bittersweet thing is there is a lot of study involved with art to make it look awesome. I've not even touched colour theory. But even though the pickings in my sketchbook are slim and do require the improvement from studies, I do like to let the mind loose every now and then to remind myself why I'm doing it all.

    Slow and steady wins the race, Vehkt!

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    thinking thinking thinking thinking thinking thinking, writing down, writing down, writing down, writing down, writing down, writing down, art

    This is what I see in your sketchbook.
    Don't talk so much about doing things, sit down and draw what you see in front of you. Now.

    I just took a break to post this.
    But sometimes I also draw stuff
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    I agree with Kiera.

    As concept artist/illustrator you communicate information visually therefore you also need to think visually. With pencil in hand, not with keyboard. I see you're planning a lot of stuff and there is not much energy left for drawing. You already got solution to your problem in the first post of this thread. What more do you need then? More wasted time for reading comments?

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    Read Art & Fear. Thanks.

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    "I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."
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    Maybe "artist's block" is God's way of telling one that one's not an artist....

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    Quote Originally Posted by dashinvaine View Post
    Maybe "artist's block" is God's way of telling one that one's not an artist....
    no way. I think its god's way of saying 'this is what you get for over thinking everything.' I always get artists block when I leave too many unfinished tasks around me... Its like theres so many open loops that it drains me. So I've been just trying to finish everything as soon as possible. And I dont mean just art... I mean anything your mind has been holding onto for a long period of time. Afterwards it feels like a big weights been lifted off my shoulders . Maybe thats the problem .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr.Delicious View Post
    I always get artists block when I leave too many unfinished tasks around me... Its like theres so many open loops that it drains me. So I've been just trying to finish everything as soon as possible. And I dont mean just art... I mean anything your mind has been holding onto for a long period of time. Afterwards it feels like a big weights been lifted off my shoulders . Maybe thats the problem .
    I can relate to that, however I really needed some time but it's good advice.

    Yes, read Art and Fear often.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    Read Art & Fear. Thanks.
    I'm sooooooo tempted to make a sticky that says just that and close all "art block/lack of inspiration" threads with a referral to it.


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    after hearing about that book for a while, and after reading these comments, i just reserved the book at B&N, and will pick it up tomorrow. Apparently, its a good read!

    So, why not make it a sticky? we already have the inspiration list threads, the cheer me up threads, the post images that inspire you threads, the motivation threads that are all but one stickied. This place is full of stuff already made for the sole purpose to help the wandering artists' spirit, no need to make more threads for that!

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    Most of the time I find it's not art that's the problem. But life... I think there's a difference between working hard and neglecting life. Sometimes you have to get out, go for a walk, meet people.. just do something new or a little different. You'll come back with loads of energy.

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    Yup. Go for a walk, have some fun drawing. Drink some coffee or whateever your favourite beverage is, love it, love drawing, yay!!



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    I actually do think far too much about things dont I...
    Right then, tomorrow, i'm just gonna launch myself into a madness of drawing and not writing anything

    Thanks for the tips all!

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    I made my own fantasy world a while back. Drew up all the races, wrote up all the history, revised and redid to make things more interesting...

    Do it. It's fun. (and good creative practice, if you try to stay away from the big cliches like dragons, elves etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jason Rainville View Post
    I made my own fantasy world a while back. Drew up all the races, wrote up all the history, revised and redid to make things more interesting...

    Do it. It's fun. (and good creative practice, if you try to stay away from the big cliches like dragons, elves etc.)
    I dunno, sometimes that cliche stuff can get creative juices flowing. I think alot of people get art block when they're forcing themselves to be too creative and ignore the good, but simple ideas right in front of thier face.

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    Taking a break usually helps.

    Hope you get over your art block.

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    Having a project or someone else calling some of the shots helps. Sitting down and wondering "what do I do?" may present far too many possibilities to narrow down. I kind of like having a direction laid out for me. A few restrictions is a wonderful thing, especially when you then need to start solving the problem of "ok, how do I get AROUND those restrictions to make something I'll be happy with."

    Often I find while working on a project I'll come up with new ideas that I'd like to do that are in no way related to what I'm working on, so I often have a surplus of things I'm waiting to have time to work on.

    So, in other words, just painting and thinking cures artist's block. If you have no idea what to do, work on a subject not of your own creation until you own ideas get sparked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Interceptor View Post
    I dunno, sometimes that cliche stuff can get creative juices flowing. I think alot of people get art block when they're forcing themselves to be too creative and ignore the good, but simple ideas right in front of thier face.
    Agreed mostly, but I think replacing "cliche" with "archetype" may help. Instead of specifically creating a race of orcs, create a new race that fills that brutish, ugly sub-human role. Instead of making elves, create a new magical, old wise race that will fill the general archetype.

    If it's just for fun though, of course there's no need to impress others with your creativity, it's just nice to hear about a fantasy world without elves and orcs for once

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