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    when your drawing and you get very frustrated what do you do?

    What do you do when you are drawing (and it's not going well) and you get very frustrated. how do you cope with it and what do you do?

    Personally I try my hardest to stick at it and go through the frustration.
    Although I must admit sometimes I throw my pencil down and go play x box to chill out.

    Quite interested to see what people do.

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    When I get frustrated, I get too stiff and start trying to force the drawings out, and that is really evident when looking at the drawings later.
    I just put the pencil down, get a glass of water and just relax for 5 minutes or so. If that doesn't help, I like to go outside for a walk or change scenery, like drawing somewhere else like in a cafe. Video games are also ok, along with short shows or cartoons, but I time myself to 20-30 minutes if it's not in my free time - this is because I often get inspired by that media and then return fresh to my work

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    When I get frustrated there's always several things I can do.
    One I always try is put the pencil/pen down and bimble off to the Johns. We have a stack of comics in there. Stretch a bit, chat with a mate in the house, and come back after about 10/15 minutes. Usually by that time my eyes have cleared up a little by that time and I have a more of a 'oh screw it lets just go nuts and go with the flow' kind of vibe going on, instead of my previous 'this neeeeds to be perfect'. Make a world of difference for a while.
    Or I go do something really normal, like laundry, or dishes, or go outside and read a book. Just get the imagination of the mind either focussed on something else, or conjuring up new thoughts.
    I always (really, always) have a tab with Sijun forums speedpainting thread on it. There's 1100+ pages in that sucker, so when I'm all out of inspiration I flip through the page I would currently be on and then flip a page back, all the way to zero. By the time I get there I am months further and tons of images ahead in my head. It's like a caffeine shot for art, I can't go without it. Same with a small window with my own collection of seriously cool drawings and paintings.
    Sometimes opening a new file and be aggressive at the canvas works too. No purpose, just grab random brushes, make random shapes, duplicate, paste, change layer setting, change colours, Raaaawr some of this raaawr some of that. Sometimes it makes cool stuff even! And it's a nice way to vent.
    Or.. I get a really rocking concert or play/setlist out and just lose my mind a bit in music.
    If all else fails.. well, the cheer-me-up thread is a nice distraction. As well as other sites with galleries, artwork, useless boredom information and silly flash toys and games..

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    Just change to something else.

    If I'm doing barque studies and get frustrated I switch over to drawing from my imagination.
    If I get frustrated with imagination, I do anatomy.
    Frustrated with anatomy, I go paint.
    get frustrated with painting, well, then it's peanut butter jelly time.

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    And you can never get frustrated with that.

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    I usually just take a walk Look things around my house and take some coffee. Usually it helps a lot.

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    Take the sharp point of the pencil and, like slaying a vampire, drive the pencil through the sketchbook trying to destroy as much paper as possible. I got through a good 7-8 pages when I did this in art school.
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    Ive been working to complete self published Book http://seedsofmidgard.blogspot.com

    I just fight through it the best I can. Most of the time the fighting is Focus issues, or needing to read up about the limitation I just hit in my ability. The faster I figure out what I need to do, the faster and easier I get past any levels of frustration.

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    I usually pick up my cintiq, and literally rip all the cords out of the power outlet with one very forceful tug, using the weight of my entire body to leverage the massive pull. I then pick it up high over my head and heave it across the room out into the hallway. Once heaved, someone has usually come to the scene to find out the source of all the noise, at which point i proceed to throw my hot coffee in their face. I then break the leg off my chair, and use it much like a baseball bat and start beating the battered piece of machinery into scrap metal bits. Usually after all of that i feel a lot better after a failed drawing.
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    I go play chess titans and kick the computers ass at difficulty 5/6, cancelling as many moves as it takes to make it.

    *enemy knight forks queen and king*

    Aaarghh!!!!!!!
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    Watch some porn.... for the anatomy.

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    I do what the joker does to that guy in Dark Knight, or I just drink the blood of the innocent.

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    Sometimes I scream. Sometimes I throw things. Sometimes I sulk.
    And then I get over it and get back on the horse.

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    If I'm frustrated at my drawing it means that I haven't done enough studies. So it's study time. If I cannot stand drawing at this point, a bike ride is needed.

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    i keep drawing even harder or take a break and have sex, or watch a tv show but no matter what i will come back and finish the shit.
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    I don't act like a jackass and throw or break things. I take a break. I work on something else. (It's not actually directed at the other responses in this thread). See below:

    I had someone ask me that, and he would tell me how he'd throw his sketchbook around and have fits after 2 hours. He was like "I don't understand how to stop being frustrated". All I could think about is what kind of social disorder does he have that he'd act like this with drawing. If he's frustrated with his parents, or loved ones, does he punch them in the face? Is he one of those guys you have to be careful when you play video games, because he might hit you with the controller as he flings it across the room? Is he the WOW freakout kid?

    Mind you, he still asked this after he supposedly read Art & Fear. "It doesn't tell me how to deal with frustration"

    You realize frustration is taking over, don't let it win, take a break. Does art frustrate me to where I'd like to break stuff? Oh sure, but I also know frustration is just part of human nature overall.

    Frustration with art happens because our vision is ahead of our execution. It tends to be this cycle because in creating art our vision is part of how to create it in the first place.

    How to deal with it? It's the same as how you deal with any level of frustration, you either walk away and find ways to cope. As an individual you learn to deal with your own emotions, and if you can't figure out how to control them so they're not destructive I suggest you seek psychiatric help.

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    I go for a walk or make myself some tea and relax. Sometimes I just can't get back to what I was doing right away so I work on something else.

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    I curse under my breath and pace before I get back to the canvas.

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    I act like a jackass. That's actually the only thing I really hate about my art, the fact that I'm such a dink about actually making it.

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    Lots of things. But typically I watch baby animal vids on youtube. Maybe I'm lame but they make me happy. At least then my mind was taken off the piece for a while.
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    I look through an art of book, blogs of vis-dev artists, or a good comic book. Usually I'll see a composition or a solution that'll get me thinking in a new direction. Other times I'll get on google street views and 'travel' the areas I'd like to work at for motivation. If that still doesn't work I check the balance in my checking account. Plenty of motivation there.

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    I pet my cat or read Cracked until I miss drawing (usually a few minutes).

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    I usually whine about it, then go find some references.

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    This might sound weird, but when I'm frustrated, I just end up laughing at myself because usually, these frustrations occur due to the most absurd and ridiculous reasons. Then I realize how stupid I am to be frustrated in the first place. "You'll look back at it and laugh" - why not laugh now instead?

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    I try and get over my frustration by trying somthing different,often that works.Somtimes I get frustrated when somone says "just experment" because I don't know what to experment,or where.

    In most cases I return to art the next day.

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    it takes me some time to even realize i'm frustrated and thus ruining the work i had done so far.. but once i do, i just pull away from the desk and go take a rest. eat drink shower playing and so on.. then i come back and able to work with a fresh mind.

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    I usually have my violin at the end of my bed so I get up and fiddle around with it (no pun intended)

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    Eating ice cream which I'm doing right now.

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    I make stupid posts in the loung that I regret afterwards.

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