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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.
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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.
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--- 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 20th, 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!!
February 26th, 2009 #14
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!
February 27th, 2009 #15
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February 27th, 2009 #18
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.
February 27th, 2009 #19
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