By Nicole Tinkham
One of the most frustrating things we’ve come across among artists is a thing called artist’s block. If you’ve heard of writer’s block before, it’s essentially the same thing. When an artist experiences artist’s (or creative) block, they lack inspiration and motivation to continue on with their creative passion. Artist’s block is devastating but don’t let it get you down. There are ways of overcoming it and we’re here to help. It may be difficult but we know you can do it. Here are 10 tips to help get your creativity back!
1. Study and copy work of the masters
When you can’t think of a subject that inspires you to draw or paint, turn to your favorite artists. Study their work, learn from them, and copy their techniques. This may steer you in a different direction artistically, opening up new possibilities.
2. Clear your mind and exercise
Going for a run or hitting the gym is probably the last thing on your mind when in a creative rut. Sweat out your frustration and you should feel rejuvenated when returning to the studio.
3. Get a good night’s sleep
Also good for your health, sleeping gives your brain time to relax. One thing that could be causing your creative rut is your brain being overworked so turn it off and get some sleep.
4. Find new inspiration
Chances are, you’ve already sought out new inspiration and are still feeling stuck (which is why you’re reading this blog right now). But maybe you’re just not looking in the right places. If the internet is your main source of inspiration, step OUTSIDE and explore the world.
5. Try a new medium
If your focus is drawing, pick up a paintbrush and go to town. Or maybe you dabble in both drawing and painting. Why not take your artwork digital? There are a ton of options out there so learn something new and watch how it transforms you as an artist.
6. Study anatomy
You may do quick sketches of the human body but you can take your skills to the next level by learning anatomy. It doesn’t just have to be anatomy though. Learning any new skill can improve your work. Taking an art workshop is a great way to learn new techniques and stay motivated. Here are some exciting workshops we have coming up: The Artist’s Corner.
7. Do the OPPOSITE of what you’re used to
You can easily find yourself stuck if you’re continuously creating the same type of artwork over and over again. Leave your comfort zone by doing the exact opposite of what you normally do. For example, if you normally sketch your composition before putting it on canvas, dive right in with paint!
8. Move to the next project
If you’ve lost steam working on a particular project, try moving onto the next project. Come back to the project when you’re motivated to finish it.
9. Just do it!
Artist’s have many fears when starting a new project, one of them being perfection. The fear of failing can stop you from beginning a project and can be difficult to overcome. Our suggestion: JUST DO IT! Art isn’t supposed to be perfect. Allow yourself to make mistakes and learn from them.
10. Take a break
If all else fails, you need to take a BREAK. You may not like taking time off but when you’re totally burnt out, it’s the only way to recover. Make sure to take at least a few days to do anything but art. You’ll come back feeling refreshed, recharged, and ready to go!
We know artist’s block is something no artist wants to encounter but unfortunately, is unavoidable. View this difficult time as an opportunity to GROW as an artist. Learn new skills, study the masters, find new inspiration, and do something DIFFERENT. Remember, it’s normal to go through this and you’re not alone. Every artist has their own way of staying creative and we want to hear what works for you. Share your story in the comments below!