All artists have dry spells...get out and do things and look at the world in different ways. Take a walk, explore
your surrounding and keep your eyes and ears open.
Look at each day as if it were a gift and open it with
eagerness each morning. Life is short so make the most of each day.
11-16-2009 03:05 pm Zsazsa
Looks like you need to take your own advice, but I guess if its the same surrounding you're exploring each day it gets old pretty fast. Go somewhere different.
11-18-2009 06:47 am peterd
I've had a similar issue. I'm a writer as well as an artist and about a year and a half ago I got hit with major writer's/artist's block. I just sort of waited for inspiration to come back, but that didn't work. I tried going on walks and doing new things like other people told me to, but that didn't work either.
The best way I've found to help relieve the blockage is to do art that doesn't actually require a great deal of creativity. The perfect example is fanart. Lately I've been doing a lot of fanart for one of my favorite TV shows and it has helped a lot. You may very well find that doing fanart triggers ideas for your own stuff. But even if it doesn't, it provides a decent amount of stuff for you to do anyway. And, if you like, you can be very creative with it by having characters interacting in a new way or making new characters. Or, if you just have no ideas at all, a simple portrait of your favorite character will do.
I used to think that fanart was just for people who didn't have good ideas of their own. Now I see it as a tool for getting over a creative block. It takes the stress of needing a good idea out of drawing so that you can just enjoy the work itself. I find that's usually the problem for me.
Hope that helps. Feel free to send me a PM if you have more questions/comments.
11-20-2009 01:12 am MissMax
Plagiarize! Thats why God made your eyes!
But seriously- do an honest revisiting of a classic.
if youre a musician do a creative cover of classic song.
If youree a writer-- put a shakespeare classic, or a bible story into a modern setting- see where it leads you.
If your an artist- reference a masterpeice by Rembrandt or a picasso in your a painting of your own.
12-12-2009 11:38 am wesmontfan