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February 19th, 2009 #1
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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February 19th, 2009 #3
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
February 19th, 2009 #4
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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February 19th, 2009 #5
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February 19th, 2009 #6
Some of the places i go, when i can't think of anything:
Guildwars - eye of the north concept art
Guildwars - Nightfall concept art
Guildwars - Factions concept art
Massive Black's portfolio
When these places don't work, i go here.
"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."
--- Frank Herbert, Dune - Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear
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February 19th, 2009 #7
Maybe "artist's block" is God's way of telling one that one's not an artist....
February 19th, 2009 #8
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February 19th, 2009 #10
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February 19th, 2009 #11
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!
February 20th, 2009 #12
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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February 20th, 2009 #13
Yup. Go for a walk, have some fun drawing. Drink some coffee or whateever your favourite beverage is, love it, love drawing, yay!!