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    when you necrobump Elwell kills an adorable puppy.

    i read it in the support subforum somewhere.

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    Well, this is a recurring topic, is it worse to necro it or to start "i'm not inspired/I want to be an artist but I hate doing art" threads over and over? We need a General>Emo section.

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    You made my billion year old thread make Elwell kill a puppy? That's just wrong. I love puppies .....but not dead puppies. They're not so cuddly.

    Yeah I don't worry about a 'zone' anymore. I just sit my ass down and draw. Sometimes I chug an obscene amount of caffeine first though.

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    maybe Elwell should kill the thread instead

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    I find I hit that "zone" during the evenings when I've been working at least 2-3 hours straight

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    Just relax your body, relax enough to feel your ass going to open!!!...I'm serious you can google it, this cause to altering right-brain by turn to receptive mode and boost your creativity, also have benefit for your mental and physical health...this is about what meditation RLY is!

    If you want to hit the "zone", thats exactly G-Spot around your ass which is connect to your Right-brain!!...Try that...

    JUST RELAX...and LET IT FLOW...

    But believe me Art is 20% creativity and 80% Practice!, creativity is not enough, everyone have this 20% creativity (or at least 15%!!!)...you need practice to imprint specific hand-eye coordination inside your brain, nothing can do it for you, but practice with your own hands...

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    You wanna know how you get into the zone ? You freaking draw. There is no mystical state of consciousness that allows you to draw on paper 1 2 3. I'm just repeating what every sane person on this thread has told you. Perhaps get some music to get you motivated and draw baby! Draw like the wind! Eventually your skills will improve, and you may actually start to like what you draw. Good luck and godspeed.

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    I get myself into the zone by taking care of my needs first and then setting up my environment.

    - Take care of your needs. This is pretty obvious. Take care of yourself first, getting into the zone should be much easier afterwards.
    If you're tired go get some rest. No use in recreational purposes if you've had an all nighter or two.
    If you are hungry or thirsty it takes no time at all to get a snack and a drink.

    - I like picking a place with lots of natural light/ light in general. I find I am more productive in it and it also helps me stay awake.

    - Pick a comfy place but not too comfy to take a nap in. I like sitting in my black pod chair with a blanket on my lap.

    - I work best when there is music on that tells a story without lyrics ex: Nobuo Ubemastu, Joe Hisaishi, and some jazz players like J.J. Johnson and Paul Desmond to give the room a nice bookstore/ coffehouse kinda vibe. Then I get myself a bowl of light snacks and a drink, nothing messy, maybe some coffee and cookies so I don't have to get up if I'm thirsty when I finally do get into the drawing zone.

    - Get rid of distractions. Notes, classwork, misc materials and debris on my desk is usually a distraction for me so before I start getting serious about drawing, I clear it out and put on materials I need.

    - Pick a theme. I'm usually thinking, "Oh what should I draw, there is so much I could draw." So picking a theme helps narrowing down the choices. Asking yourself questions to narrow it down helps a lot. I like drawing characters so… I'll usually start off with the question, what kind of personality does it have? What kind of features goes with that personality? What kind of things would he/ she carry or wear? Maybe they carry a lot of things so pockets and bags would be handy. What kinds of colors goes with their personality? What kind of environment would they be comfy in? ... etc.

    - Write down key words. This kinda goes with pick a theme. Drawing a bubble chart helps me sometimes to determine what I want to draw. Write down as many words as you can. I also find that reading helps with creativity. Reading helps give you ideas, a larger vocabulary, story lines, examples of how characters are built up. Sometimes I will open a book and skim a random page until I find an inspiring line.

    - Draw lightly first. Sometimes when I don't know what I'm drawing at first, I use a non-photo blue pencil to get down some fun basic shapes without having to get my paper all dirty. I can erase as many times as I want until I get it right.

    - Surround yourself with what inspires you in the first place. I usually have a wall in front of me with my favorite prints, posters, pictures, textures, and nicknacks of environments, leaves, faces, culture, bugs, wings, anything that has inspired me over the past few months.

    - Look at your peers. If I still don't know what to draw, I'll usually take a peak and teat myself to an artbook. Looking at other people's work helps motivate me to become better and remind myself where I want to end up and what I want to do.

    Hope this helps!

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