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How to get rid of ART BLOCKS

Thu Nov 14, 2013, 1:42 AM





Hey guys!! I've had this question a lot so I thought I'd take the time and answer it for everyone. This is what works for me the best, how do you guys do it?



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FeatherSpiral Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
"... how do you guys do it?"
Like nearly 95% of all hobby artists, I procrastinate until it passes. ;P
I've tried taking requests and commissions to help, but it doesn't work so good.
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Nick-Matulich Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Cewl Beans
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Whit-Cream Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
This is the best thing EVER! I'm actually in an art block right now,so thank you for posting this!
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asataylor Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2013
Thanks a lot man.  I've been blocked up for a while now and I'm gonna give this a shot.

Thanks again.
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halekstone Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
Great advice! Loved the video and watching you draw. ^_^
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lietchgoo Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2013
very helpful! Thank you!
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Sagakarikikkaru Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You just put everything in perspective man...
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yakkingyetis Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
once heard a podcast about a mathematician not having a math block so an artist shouldn't have an artblock. Just tackle it and get the results if you're a professional. 
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SpaceAlchemist Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
thanks man, great video. I've never linked art block to confidence, it all makes sense now :D
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Anngelise Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that is SUCH an amazing advise!
it works great :heart:

it's actually so curious the way the human mind works!

for me I kind of get my confidence back also when looking at some master's drawing/painting process, like yours or Feng Zhu's videos about concept design when he shows everything step by step

and it's like realizing all over again that the way they start their pieces is just as simple as the way I start mine, everything looks shapeless and messy and ugly at the beginning, and I am like 'hey this is actually not so impossible or difficult' and the sudden motivation to draw comes back again! haha
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teapo Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013  Student General Artist
<3
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sakura-kaze Featured By Owner Nov 17, 2013

Thank you so much!! This truly helps me understand the reasoning and psychology behind "art blocks"!!

I always thought it was because I didn't know what to draw or had a lack of "inspiration"!

Now watching this video, I see that's not the issue at all!

Now that I know the source of the problem, I can treat it more easily! ^_^

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iferania Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
The art block tip is something I'll have to try. Normally I just go through old sketch books to find concepts I either didn't finish or didn't have to skills to do at the time. Basically redrawing old ideas. It makes me feel better when I can clearly see the improvement. :D
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Feurae Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Music and watching movies/series/videos and such usually inspire me out of my artblock. Sometimes certain lines, words or images get my creative brain moving! :D
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bear48 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional
I keep sketchbooks and journals and when the juices are not flowing I fall back on the ides in storage.

I also use it as a place to measures of where I have come from
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Chrisbobomb Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The video is awesome! Thank you very much. Everything you're talking about makes total sense. :D
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Shiroi1062 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Why haven't I clicked on these videos before? I really liked this, I get to watch something cool while listening to helpful advice. Worth the watch, this was great. :retarded-drool: 
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Chrisbobomb Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will check this video out once I've cleared my inbox :)
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Hallusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
You have inspired me so much its insane.
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Bluefley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
haha awesome to hear man, cheers!!
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Hallusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Keep up the awesome work man, I hope to reach your level some day:D
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Hallusko Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Your the best.
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jmaur82 Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
As always I just love the way you think. Profound advice.
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Kelliechan Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student General Artist
Thank you so much for the help! ^^
Your so nice for posting this on here and sharing your techniques!
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raynetempura Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
You got it exactly. That is how I feel completely. Thank you so much for the tip and I will definitely be giving it a shot.
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Bluefley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D always a pleasure!
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RionaWolfheart Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
This post: www.riotaylor.com/post/5966360… I reblogged ages ago makes a great point along the lines of art block and motivation. 

I do get moods where I feel like my work just isn't good enough. But all I do is say TOUGH! get on with it! and I do. It's all practice, discipline, and training! I don't have time to sit back and think 'I don't know what to do," because I have a job to get done. Not only do my bills depend on it but my art director, his company, and the printers all are depending on my work to get done on time. When I get stuck in a rut I just think about how I'll make things better next time. Strive to improve, and feed off inspiration, but don't let anything get in your way! :) 
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Johbee Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
That was insightful and incredibly helpful, I think it's funny because I was already using this trick! (I just didn't realise that was exactly what I was doing.)  I'm glad to know someone else was too and understood how to explain it!
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Bluefley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
took me a while haha... glad you liked it!
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Dollicon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013   Digital Artist
I haven't had a chance to watch the video yet, but when I get an art block, I take a break from what I'm working on and try to draw something out of my comfort zone.  Something interesting and unique, and something you don't often see in my gallery.
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AlanTheRobot Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
I don't mind getting art blocks. It's just a hobby so if I'm not in the mood I won't do anything. The ones that used to bother me were the ones where I wanted to draw something but couldn't. But those have gone away with time. I've learned it's usually because I hadn't studied that object enough. For example, when I couldn't translate a pose in my mind to paper it was an anatomy problem. But with time and experience that's gone away and when it's back it's just a matter of practicing.

I wrote a post about writer's block (alantherobot.deviantart.com/ar…) a while back and although not all the tips apply to art, a lot of them still translate, especially for those who want to become professional artists.
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RobertRijkers Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
at last .... a cure for the dreaded  blank canvas stare  ;p
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shalikanten Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
The perfect complement to what I heard yesterday ^^

And can't wait to see next part of the painting :p
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giorgiobaroni Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
that is the perfect suggestion and method to get yourself out the infamous art block, our own worst enemy!
and this you just told us is exactly what i did a few months ago..i used to live with that for a long period, couldn't do anything else except for work, i had no interest or will to do art for myself, and i felt frustrated by that situation, like i wasn't going anywhere.
and eventually i did exactly this, got some inspiration from great artists, from present and past, took all i loved about them together and started with some fresh stuff, feeling like i've improved more in the past 6 months than in my entire life.
so yes, this is exactly how you get out of the art block, and if i may add, to prevent others in the future, just keep exploring, get inspiration from the artists you love, try to make yours what you like about them and never stop creating, this way you will improve every day and you'll be so happy about it that art blocks will just be a thing of the past.
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Airhooves Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
I've been thinking about this method ever since I started feeling 'art blocked', but never tried it... Thanks, gonna have to give it a go.
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SormiPoro Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Huh... well now I actually feel kind of silly, not having figured that out, because I've inadvertently done that a few times.
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Bluefley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
dont worry, took me many years to figure out :P
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amuupon Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
This really gave me some new perspective on art blocks, thank you!
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Bluefley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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nekokawai Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
That is a good way to look at it :3  Plus a good nights rest always helps :3
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Bluefley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
yeah or hard drugs such as cocaine
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:iconbluefley:
Bluefley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
what?
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nekokawai Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
LOL tempting <.<
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Eeren Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
What and interesting description and suggestions! Thank you very much, for sharing it!

And.. the work you show while talking is amazing! I hope you'll submit it soon! *O*
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Bluefley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
finishing it up this weekend hopefully, soon soon! Thanks!!
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Eeren Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Great!! I'll wait for it! ;) Thank YOUUUUU!!!
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Ichidann Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013   Digital Artist
Thanks so much for this! Ive recently been trying to over come this myself and hearing your opinion on it as opened my mind a little! 

Also the piece is looking great! cant wait to see the 2nd video!
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Bluefley Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Miss-Glitter Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2013
thats a really interesting description of art block ;A;
I had never thought of it like that! <3
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