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    What do you guys do when you lose your Art Muse?

    I haven't been able to be like the artist I used to be. I can't draw with a passion anymore. I haven't done any art for a long time since then.
    I still have ideas brewing and yet I can't find myself picking up a pencil to draw it out and when I do, I force myself to. Then I become frustrated to the point of quitting.
    I feel hollow and empty. I feel like a robot who programed himself to draw but feel nothing for his art.
    I'm suppose to come up with some pieces of art for my AFA and I have nothing. A part of me feels like dropping out, and the other part of me says no.

    I don't know if I'll ever get my muse back to be.
    I do know that a part of me has taken an interest in Tattooing.


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    So look up tattooing and do something based on that? People with tattoos, tattoo designs, the art of tattooing, tattooing around the world and throughout history.. The thing about inspiration is that it comes from outside. I had a professor in college who said inspiration is like a well inside of you, and every time you draw you're pulling a bucket of water out of the well. When the bucket comes up empty, you have to go out and get a refill. Take a walk, visit a museum, check out your local library or bookstore, pick up some tattoo magazines, etc. Whatever catches your attention can inspire your next piece.

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    Art is a cool breeze for me, but you might not understand, i cant fail to have fun everytime I pick up the tool im using. But sometimes I tire from the epic thing I feel I do.

    Unfortunately my advice is just the frying pan or the fire, I could tell you start drawing things loose because you hate everything you do in your rutt. Thatll get you pictures you havent seen before, but you could wind up (like me) and dislike even the loosest wierdest stuff of all time, art is a thing, not a person, use things, love people not love things, use people. But really, your supposed to love both.

    Ill only ever lose my muse when im tired of seeing itself, and that aint healthy, so dont get tired of your eye.

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    i have been in the same situatin, what i do is to go back to basic stuff to clear my head and focus on things im not so good. I have an long list of thing that im focusing on and it does opens up my mind, works really well for me

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    So what made you fall in love with art in the first place? The idea of drawing space ships? Ogres and dragons? Or pretty naked women? Go back to why you so wanted to learn to draw and don't draw it for a week, until it chews you up.

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    I find that the title "artist" causes such problems for me. When I first started out I was reluctant to call myself an artist because I didn't feel like I'd earned it. Now it's my identity, and I'm not sure when that happened. The other day I was in a slump and I realized that my title as "artist" was holding me back. The reason for this is because I hold myself to a very high standard in order to maintain that title. That's not a bad thing, but it can trip you up if everything you do *must* be excellent. If everything you do must be excellent, then you wind up psyching yourself out in a way because you know that everything you've ever done is below what you consider to be excellent. Having this in the back of your mind makes you not want to paint because you're afraid it won't be excellent. So you don't paint. When you don't paint you hate yourself for not painting because you're not holding to that standard of excellence that requires you to paint all the time.


    So fuck being an artist. Just paint because it's what you want to do. Paint because you know that you get better with each one you do. Paint because it's a cool skill that you're honing that makes other people envious. Paint because you must. It's hard, but if it were easy anyone could do it and it wouldn't be much of an accomplishment. And remember that nobody ever got anywhere by giving up.

    Make art to get better at making art. Don't try to be an excellent artist.
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    Hey guys, thanks for the advices.

    Dierat, I have been looking at tattoo designs and magazines before and they always peek my interest. When I draw the water out of the well, it's not empty I just can't lift that freaking pencil up to draw it unless I tell myself it's for tattooing, but obviously, I know it's lie since I'm talking to myself ><


    Black Spot, The problem is I lost my reasons for art, and I can't get it back. I love drawing many different things but that is not my reason to keep going. I kept going because of animation but that died long ago. I can't go back because once something I was interested in dies, my other side takes over and we move on, and I don't know how long it will take to find interest in something else. If my new interest has to do with art, I will not be that same artist I once was.

    David_a_ray, That is an interesting point of view. I do see myself with the title artist, but I don't dwell on that because it doesn't bother me. I will always definitely hone my skill even if that interest has to do with art, but I will not do it because I am an artist, instead I will do it to get better at it

    I feel a little better now but my problem stems deeper so I will still hate art (doing it) and when I see a canvas I will imagine me stabbing it


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    So, you are inspired, but you don't get excited by the process of drawing? Sometimes it helps to try out different mediums; it can be really refreshing to explore and discover a new way of image-making. But if you're really interested in tattooing, why not just do that? I don't know what the requirements are for your AFA, but presumably you could find a way to make a project around tattooing that works. Maybe do a series of designs and then tattoo them onto leather or another practice surface, something that can be framed and presented in a format that's acceptable. Or get them printed as temporary tattoos, find some volunteer models to wear them for a day and take photos.

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    personally. i like looking at the works of other artists; especially art by those whoi admire the most.
    also,when imkind of low on will power to do studies or practice fundementals; i draw fanart or things/characters that are interesting to me.

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    Just getting out of a bad rut myself, and here is my advice:
    1. Protein. It keeps your attention span up, and you may not be getting enough of it.
    2. Read. Read a book. Not one you've read before, and not a classic one that bores you. Read something that engages you, and makes you care about the characters, world, story elements, whatever. Read a comic, if that's your cup of tea. Do something that forces you to focus your imagination for a while. If you find yourself unable to concentrate on this, pick a better book and try to just reach 30-50 pages. If it's not interesting by then, sod that and pick another.

    This could motivate you to start caring about stories, which would then carry over to stories behind your illustrations.

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    I feel in a similar way. The thought occured to me "would I be happier if I stopped doing art?"
    with all the recent agony connected to my artmaking this was such an alluring idea, and I haven't been able to enjoy making art since. I can do it, I can sculpt and draw, but I don't see the point anymore. It's just going through the motions. An excercise in futility. I feel disgust thinking about picking up my pencil.
    Oddly enough, I am drawn to photography, something I have never really tried before.

    So what can you use this for?
    You and I both lost the sense of fun and exploration that was driving us before. You're worried about coming up with something for your AFA. Have you been worried about requirements for a long time? are you making art for yourself or for someone else?
    I know I stopped making art for myself and I no longer know what I want to do.
    Don't draw because you should, ought to, or could. Don't draw what they want you to draw and don't draw because of the AFA. Maybe don't draw at all for a little while, take an official break
    and see if you can relax.
    Don't be too hard on yourself, it won't help you. The most important thing right now is enjoyment. Bring on the primal desires.

    Maybe tattoo art is your mind's escape route/ maybe you take an interest because somewhere deep inside, you need to make art, but your usual medium has become so connected to what everyone else wants from your art (or what you think they want, or what you think you need to learn) that you can no longer stand working with it.
    I know I am going to explore photography. My ignorance of the medium provides exciting possibilities for exploration, and I have no idea what I'll end up with. refreshing uncertainty. Nobody expects any results of this, least of all me. No pressures, external or internal.
    Maybe tattoo art can do this for you?

    I assume our situations are similar in this respect, pardon me if it doesn't really apply to you.
    At least I feel a lot better having written this novel of a post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SalOnimaruRem View Post
    I haven't been able to be like the artist I used to be. I can't draw with a passion anymore. I haven't done any art for a long time since then.
    I still have ideas brewing and yet I can't find myself picking up a pencil to draw it out and when I do, I force myself to. Then I become frustrated to the point of quitting.
    I feel hollow and empty. I feel like a robot who programed himself to draw but feel nothing for his art.
    I'm suppose to come up with some pieces of art for my AFA and I have nothing. A part of me feels like dropping out, and the other part of me says no.

    I don't know if I'll ever get my muse back to be.
    I do know that a part of me has taken an interest in Tattooing.

    Don't have an art muse in the first place then you can't "lose it" There are times you will not want to make art so don't make it or decide you want to be an artist and make art even when you don't want to because thats the only way get good at anything.

    Professional artists are required to make art on demand once they take a job, which is what art is - a job. If you can't make art now without someone telling you to do it for your own benefit how do you think you will ever survive as a professional making art for projects that the client has sucked all of the fun and creativity out of but you still have to finish cause you took the money?

    here are some tips from Moebius

    http://www.openculture.com/2015/03/m...ists-1996.html
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    Dpaint man, you always post the best links..
    "Figure drawing prepares you for painting at a high level" - Jeff Watts

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