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    Pain, drugs, creativity

    I have injured my back, and this has kept me from doing any artwork for a month or so. I've had to take a hiatus from art because I can't concentrate well enough to do the technical work, and sitting up to use a Wacom is too painful to bother with; on the other hand, the heavy pain medications I'm on have put me into a perpetual state of twilight-dreamlike-half-slumber. I often think I'm awake only to find that I've been dreaming of waking, over and over again, and I also feel like I'm dreaming even while awake. I've had some strange visual concepts flood my mind all this time which seem like they are almost inspired and I think I could really use them to do some great stuff once I've recovered. My question is; will these concepts still seem inspired to me once I am no longer on the medication, or will they just seem stupid in retrospect once I'm all sobered up so to speak? I would like to think that at least something good will come of this.


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    Really sorry about your pain. But is not even possible for you
    to sketch these ideas down, lying on your back with a sketchbook
    and pencil?

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    I imagine that some of your ideas will turn out to be very cool long after you're off the meds, and some of your ideas will seem cool but when you try to flesh them out into something interesting, you realize it was the experience that was inspiring, not the concept itself. At least, that's how it goes with dreams, and these are basically waking dreams you're having it sounds like. In any case, keep a notebook and write them down, and figure out which are winners when you're recovered. It should be interesting to read at least even if you don't choose to pursue any of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclectix View Post
    My question is; will these concepts still seem inspired to me once I am no longer on the medication, or will they just seem stupid in retrospect once I'm all sobered up so to speak? I would like to think that at least something good will come of this.
    Some of each, probably. Most ideas that show up aren't immediately usable anyway, you have to develop and organize them. But even if you later find them dumb, you might also later find yourself in need of a dumb idea. So if you can record them in some way, do it. (Literally, if you can't even hold a pencil -- most mp3 players have recording capabilities.)

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    Well, you might just have to do it and see. I second vineris' with the idea of recording your thoughts (if the drugs won't make you slur drunkenly or something) or if possible, you could ask someone to buy you some soft plasticine so you can do little sculpts even while laying on your back.

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    Thanks for the replies. I do try to sketch things out with a pen and paper but they come out pretty rudimentary looking. It's like the part of my brain that translates the ideas in my head into the real world and vice-versa is hiding and doesn't want to be bothered right now. Actually I think that's more due to the pain than the drugs.


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    Scribble colour names etc over your sketch. I have one I did over 30 years ago and I can still see what I meant by it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eclectix View Post
    Thanks for the replies. I do try to sketch things out with a pen and paper but they come out pretty rudimentary looking. It's like the part of my brain that translates the ideas in my head into the real world and vice-versa is hiding and doesn't want to be bothered right now. Actually I think that's more due to the pain than the drugs.
    Sure, well I was in a very similar situation recently, so I can relate to what
    you are saying. I hope you recover soon. Being unable to move around
    is one thing, but constant pain (especially in your back) could no
    doubt make it hard to focus.

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