We all know how difficult it is to be uniquely creative, no matter who you are. Ranging from paid artists to a Mother of bored Children, we all need that little bit to inspire us. Here are 5 ways that could help you get those creative juices flowing again!
No matter where you are or how old you are, doodling is the key to setting your imagination free. No need for the finalised version! This is the pre-stages of an idea’s creation. You get out your pens and pencils and draw whatever comes to mind, no matter how strange. From there, you can alter your design and even lead up to drawing the finished design. If you have children, you can encourage them to keep working on a single design (perhaps to design their own Character). Over time, they’ll develop their idea and enhance it, helping them develop their skills.
2. Listen to some Music!
You’d be surprised how a song can inspire your drawing! When listening to a song, your mind links with the emotions it conveys and that in turn can sprout your own thoughts which you can convert into a drawing! Go through your music, search one up or even ask a friend for suggestions and just listen closely to the words. Let things come naturally to you whilst listening or even after listening. Put the song on a loop if it helps you remember what your ideas were!
3. Look at other people’s work!
This isn’t everyone’s favourite. Sometimes you look at other people’s work and can feel put off by their skills and may make you feel bad about your own. This is something you need to understand before you can continue. Everyone’s work is different and everyone starts from step one! I suggest flicking through the art website, http://www.deviantart.com/. Many Artists, such as myself, upload their work there to be shown to the World. Take a while to soak in their work and maybe- just maybe- an idea will come to your head!
4. Kick back and relax!
Don’t push yourself! Take a while to just think about what inspires you. Perhaps a close family or friend has done something inspiring? Perhaps you’ve seen someone doing some sort of good deed? Perhaps the news on the TV has inspired you to do some form of controversial piece? Take your time thinking of a drawing, otherwise these forced thoughts can cause some problems such as restless nights and the inability to sit still. Just relax and let your thoughts flow naturally.
5. Inspire yourself!
Look back at something you’ve drawn or made, whether it be a childhood drawing or something you recently made for dinner! It’s never a bad thing to be self-inspired. Say you’ve gone through tough times- you could create a piece based on your strength through them! Never underestimate yourself in times of Art Block. Shock yourself and see just how much better you feel when you complete a piece based on YOU!
These are just some ways I’ve been able to get over Art Block. Everyone is different so you readers may not feel the same way. If you have any advice you could add, comment below with your ways to get those juices flowing again!