Whether it's an art block or you're just having a bad time creating, these are the things we artists need to deal with often. There's a huge mix of feelings that I had to deal with over the years and I want to share some things that helped me get through them.
Analyzing Outside of Practicing
This one is a bit obvious, but it needs to be said. Even when you are not creating
something, you should be taking in things around you. Note things that will help inspire you later. When I'm watching an anime, I can't help but pause and take a screenshot of what makes my jaw drop. Usually it's background art, so that's how I realized I would have a passion in becoming a background artist. Figuring out what you respond to is an great way to find what you're passionate about and inspired to learn about.
The Pit Fall
The sudden feeling of being too depressed to continue your art is probably the hardest
hurdle for an artist. You feel like your art will never amount to something you admire or hope to achieve. You start judging your art. But don't worry, it's actually a good thing. It means your taste in art is growing. You have low self-esteem because you are criticizing yourself that it should be better. That means you are analyzing yourself and reflecting more, which is good. Here is a video that words this perfectly and I enjoy sharing it because it really helps when I'm down: youtu.be/E1oZhEIrer4
Do Something You Don't Normally Do
This doesn't mean you have to dive out of your comfort zone and try something you've never tried before. You can start comfortably with your usual topic of choice but then once you start your thought process of drawing it, try approaching it differently. For example, if I was drawing windows, I immediately think of square ones. Therefore I will try not to draw any of the windows squared. Try naming the first few things you think of when you draw a window and do none of those things. I think of "straight, squared, gleaming". Then I would draw windows that relate to none of those words. I would try drawing warped, dusty, and cracked windows.
Improving Something Else
If you're having an art block and you already tried drawing anything to keep going but it's not working, then try this. Pick something else in your life that you want to improve in. This could be something simple, like brushing your teeth more thoroughly so it improves your hygiene. Or it could be something that takes more time, like learning to cook something delicious. Just set your mind to improve something else about you. Once you've done it, you'll feel more satisfied and determined. This will naturally help you want to get better in other aspects. It relieves some of the pressure from trying to conquer your art block. Then go back and enjoy some time drawing again.
I hope this list will be of help for someone. I still think of myself as a beginner artist even though I've been working with digital art for five years now. It is always easier to keep drawing when you take a look back and enjoy your own art. I don't have problems like hating my art because sometimes I still can't believe how far I've gone and it amazes me. So it pains me to see someone hate their own art. Remember to enjoy the time you spend doing something you love and God bless.
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