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    Seriously stuck right now...

    I do not know what to draw, and I've been seriously stuck for days now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


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    This sounds like a job for the Daily Sketch Group. If you're not feeling that there's also CHOW, COW, EOW, IDOW, IOW and POW. If you search for art challenges on Google you're bound to find a bunch of other activities going on on other sites.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dblock View Post
    I do not know what to draw, and I've been seriously stuck for days now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Is this a trick question? Because every single time I have this feeling, it's not about "I do not know what to draw" though it always feels like it, but it's "I know what to draw but I don't feel like it". Because I know I should practice form, anatomy, life drawing, basic shapes and I know I should (and could) just grab some item from my house, or a mirror or an anatomy book and start drawing or go outside and draw people and houses and trees but... then I start feeling it's not what I really want to draw, I rather feel like drawing something epic from imagination but can't come up with anything interesting at that moment so I go back to sleep or read (as opposed to actually doing some work to come up with something).

    So, is it that problem, or do you not know what to draw to improve to the second level or...?
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    Draw a leopard. Leopards are awesome.
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    leopards are awesome.
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    Leopard attacking unprepared poacher.

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    Crocodiles are better.

    How about you dig up something you made as a kid and remake it? Like a character, or just an illustration in general.

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    Leopards are cooler. You could find a cool looking object around you and draw that too.
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    Dont feel bad for not drawing every day. Just read, and stimulate your mind. And inspiration ill come.

    Scott Robertson and Feng Zhu both have some good lectures regarding how becoming a better artist is more about exposure and absorbing content than following the mechanical repetitive process.

    So... go for a walk. Jump in a lake. Take a trip to the forest... read a book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dblock View Post
    I do not know what to draw, and I've been seriously stuck for days now. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Elaborate please?

    You don't know what to draw, as in sketching or practice? Or is it that you don't know what to draw as a finished piece?

    Because, one of the reasons you get "stuck" isn't because your mind is really that blank. It could be you're putting more expectations on the next drawing than necessary. If you're doing this for learning - no reason to worry about it coming out right too much as long as you are willing to learn from mistakes.

    You don't need to draw a finished piece every day, or you don't need to sketch every day. It is ok to take breaks.

    But sometimes you gotta look at the world around you a bit and look at the mundane and think of it in other ways....

    Drawing a doorknob and a lock can be a completely "pointless" exercise at face value - but it could get you to wonder about the mechanics. It could lead you to other ideas. Does the doorknob have a personality? Or maybe the mechanics behind the doorknob are something mystical.

    You noticed a pile of clothes and a mess of trash in an apt. Well if you wanted to tell a story later, this could be great reference for stories to tell someone's personality. Would a person have an extremely clean room due to a personality? Why would someone have a messy room? Why would some rooms have a ton of posters, why would others be immaculate and boring?

    Sometimes look at things and see if they're trying to tell you a story. Why did someone leave a couch out on the street? What was that couch's life like?

    Most art is built upon ideas, so going around and looking about at the mundane to figure out a story behind it can generate a lot of ideas...

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    Ok this is bullshit. Crocodiles are way cooler than leopards.
    That's all there is to it.

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    Hey cool guy!

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    Leopard, Python, Crocodile? Rock Sham Bo!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Arshes Nei View Post
    Leopard, Python, Crocodile? Rock Sham Bo!
    Though, if we go by that video, python vs crocodile ends up in a stalemate...
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    You only win because I don't have a picture of a leopard attacking a shirtless moron.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reutte View Post
    You only win because I don't have a picture of a leopard attacking a shirtless moron.
    I found some stuff through google image search.

    Seriously stuck right now...

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    I appreciate everyone's input on this topic. At times, because I'm not taking a course right now, it really feels that I keep repeating myself over and over again. My goal is to become a professional illustrator but also by studying landscapes, Loomis, Bridgeman, and them. I love studying the masters, but I hate copying an image line for line, shape for shape, etc. But by educating myself, I have to learn how to set goals for myself rather than a professor imposing their own learning goals on me.

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    Read a book, i find it helps a lot because the writer does all the hard work, all you have to do is draw what you see in your brain.

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    ....I got nothing.


    Make up you own answer.

    Isn't that what we do? Like writers, we make things up, right?

    Ponder the quandry.
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    take up photography. it will give ya a keen eye for details, compositions, and story telling.

    and think about using drawing as a way to explore the work, rather than just recording it from a distance. get your hands dirty, take things a part... but a renaissance man.

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    What Tinybird said, about drawing, not crocodiles and pythons in stalemates.

    If you're lost for what to draw out of all the things you know you should be drawing, go for something simple. Draw your computer. You're sitting in front of it so it's right there. Or if you're vegging in front of your TV, draw that. I have*, and it bugged the hell out of me that I couldnt get the shadows right. I'm going to give it another go because I hate things getting the better of me.

    *My TV not yours.

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