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    Icon What do you do when you're burned out?

    Uninspired? Apathetic? What do you do?

    You can't draw anything, you're completely dry.

    How do YOU fill your well back up? I am not in this situation, but I am trying to give some advice to someone else who is.

    Visit my old sketchbook here.
    Onward and upward! I believe in karma, so let's all help one another! =D
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    See stickies above.

    If I'm burnt out, it must mean I'm dead and got cremated.


    I didn't think it was possible to be called an artist when you have nothing to say. It's like being a writer who publishes individual words as books and expects to be praised for it.
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    You should read my white trash method for finding inspiration! It's pretty good, not gonna lie.

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    When I'm burned out then I take a short break and look for new inspiration.

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    Take a day or two off and do nothing art related, don't even think about art. Sometimes your brain just needs a break.

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    What Amber says. Give yourself 1 - 2 weeks depending on the severity of the burnout and don't do any art-related stuff.

    Watch porn, play video games, go outdoors for long full-day walks in quiet Nature (probably the best cure), spend time watching TV with your family etc.

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    I like Black Spot's reply - I don't tend to "burn out" so much as I get frustrated with where I'm at - irritated with myself that I can't draw or paint the way I want. When that happens I usually get pissed off, to put it bluntly - and I get re-energized and refocused to improve. I've found theat when I'm improving or developing new skills is when I also am most excited and energized about my art. Hope it helps your friend!

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    "Watch porn, play video games, go outdoors for long full-day walks in quiet Nature (probably the best cure), spend time watching TV with your family etc."

    In that order of priority.

    Burn out is a bad, bad thing, a boo-boo. So, if you have a boo-boo, you rest till it`s gone. If the burn out is just of "creative" nature, as in no creative juices flowing - studies FTW!

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    Look at other people's art.

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    I don't know...when you get burned out...sleep? Take a walk?

    I think balance and moderation would prevent burn out. Burn out is preventable and it could be combination of body/mind fatigue...unless you have a crazy deadline. Now artist block...that's a different story. That's when you have nothing visually to say at the time, regardless how much will or motivation you have.

    Make a sketchbook happy, feed it a tip to improve!

    http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=85628
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    THANK YOU EVERYONE!!

    I am writing an article on a free online zine about this issue AND trying to help out a friend with artist's block... I will copy and paste these answers and send them to him, I am sure he will find them very helpful!

    Visit my old sketchbook here.
    Onward and upward! I believe in karma, so let's all help one another! =D
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