I was just about to start a thread like this but I'll just hijack this one,
Because I think it might help the OP aswell.
After reading everything said in http://www.conceptart.org/forums/sho...47#post2006347 and this thread I came to one question.
How do you practice your imagination?
All of you say the same thing "I have no problem imagining stuff" "I have no problem coming up with ideas"
Okay... what about us who do?
As some say, having a huge library of references in your mind to draw from helps. Personally I just see these references piece by piece, I can't put them together into something interesting. It just looks .. "meh" describes it pretty well.
So how do you practice imagination? How do you practice those crazy thoughts that make people look at you twice wondering if you're on medication or just weird?
When having a strict direction to go, say an art director or commissioner you have a base.
But when you just get up one day and realize you havent painted in days and when you sit down you just get a big black void of boringness in your mind. And no music or reading or looking at art helps.
I'm not asking about "how do you get inspired" I'm asking how to fuel your imagination and how to trigger it. In a perfect world all we'd have to do would be to tilt our head to the left, look up and just float away... Like J.D in Scrubs.
On that note, how can you possibly draw everyday? Sure you can practice stuff like anatomy everyday but i find it hard to believe you can paint something everyday.. It takes me weeks to come up with something to paint.
"Sadly, most artists prefer to give the elite their attention."