Art Block help!
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Mariana Santos
Hello people! I'm going through a period where I just can't do anything at all. I haven't been drawing for weeks and I want to do something, but I came across an impasse: I don't know what style to do and how to do it! I kept seeing the images of artist Loish, Ross (draws) and other artists, I wanted to do something traditional but in a digital way, but besides I don't know how, I don't know what to draw! What do I do? I feel that my drawings are not the way I would like...
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Kristian Nee
Hey Mariana, this is the advice I've gotten. Set aside time to not draw, and make sure not to feel guilty about it. It's okay to have periods in your life where you're not entirely productive and I'd bet money that the artists you look up to most have the same thing. The point of taking a break is to let your brain recover from training in art. When you do take some time off, and make sure you're beating yourself up over it, you'll be excited to come back when it's over. That time off will give you a chance to come with ideas that will excite you, and the problem of what to do do and how to do it will be an easy problem to solve. If you are feeling stuck, just start! Do literally anything, and see what happens. Good luck!
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Althub
The best thing you can do in such Situations is to take small steps towards your goal. What i mean by that is you need momentum. Just take a pen and draw something complitly simple and fun. I have had that problem all the time and this is what helps . Set a goal that you know is no problem for you and finish it. Do it again and again and you will get always more motivation to make greater things.
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Jersey Kertawidjaja
Hi Mariana, one thing to take solace in is that you're not alone. Here's a video that might help https://youtu.be/Tv9Inby5Ehg it basically says to keep drawing, even when we don't know what to draw, unmotivated, or even not seeing any progress. Jeff watts said basically to keep going through these plateaus or "blocks", because it's usually a sign that a burst of progress and creativity would soon emerge.
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Serena Marenco
You worry too much Mariana and this only worsens your blockage. When I really don't feel like doing anything, I do a gesture session for half an hour and see if I feel like doing something more serious. Another thing that helps me is to go on pinterest and look at pictures, to see if I can find something that makes me want to draw. Don't think about style, you don't necessarily have to have something to show off (and even that having to think about having to meet some standards only makes you more stuck). Also, it doesn't really matter WHAT you draw. Sometimes I'll just watch live videos of animals around the world. A couple of weeks ago I got out of a block drawing bears swimming to catch salmon - I'd never drawn a bear in my life before, it hadn't even crossed my mind. But seeing the footage from under the water of these swimming bears made me want to sketch them. At other times I might see someone in a particular outfit and want to draw them, just for me. So, when you're stuck, instead of thinking obsessively about what to draw or how, you stop thinking about it and do something else. Look at pictures, watch TV, play a video game, read a book, go for a walk, flip through a magazine, look at clothing catalogues online. It doesn't really matter what you do, just distract yourself and look for stimulation. Eventually you will see something and think "I want to try to draw that" and then you start with a sketch, or more than one, without worrying too much about the look or style. Maybe you'll feel like finishing it, maybe you won't, but that's fine. It is not humanly possible to produce masterpieces constantly, 365 days a year. Most of the things we draw are sketches that we would never want to show to anyone, and that's fine, they are notes for ourselves, to make something better in the future. I'm now taking a course by Aaron Blaise on drawing clothed figures, just doing the exercises in the course makes me want to de-generate sometimes. (Sometimes I just want to sleep on the couch because it's too hot!) So, don't think about it too much: you don't feel like drawing? It happens to everyone, stop trying and do something else until you feel like drawing something, without thinking about it too much. The more you obsess the worse it gets, so take a break and let your mind wander until its attention is drawn to something!sketch
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Alberto Grubessi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amlwcI8dh_g&list=WL&index=14 ; i recommend you to watch this video i think it could really help with your problem. At least it really helped me not to focus about style, hope it helps you too
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