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The Dreaded Artist's Block

Fri Feb 21, 2014, 8:54 AM


The Dreaded Artist's Block...and Ways to Overcome it .  :iconscaredplz:....




Artist's block might not fit exactly into the "Artist's Toolbox" week, but we all know about it, we all have probably

experienced it, and we all hope it will never come our way again.



When a person is sick in body, eating is sometimes the LAST thing we want to do.   But it is necessary to speed our way

to recovery.  In the same way, the ideas I would like to set before you may seem like trying to eat something

when you are sick...but these steps may hasten the end of your artist's block.  :iconimdeadplz:

And really, you have nothing to lose in trying these suggestions!




1.  Put DOWN your instrument of art...paintbrush, pencil, pen etc...and go OUTSIDE.

Before daybreak by AStoKo  Windy Winter Day by Lady-Dragonrose  A Crisp Cold Day in December by Philluppus  The Vatican by xthumbtakx
Mountain Lake by Lupsiberg   Roxy 291 by kram666  Iced Over and Over by Damagedoll


 You may be absolutely amazed at the world going on around you, no matter where you live.  There will ALWAYS

be something that will catch your eye...something that you haven't seen quite the same way before.  Take a big breath and let your

surroundings nurture you a bit.  Smile at another person....say good morning, or just hello.





Knight in Enchanted Forest by anonmily  Battle for Mordor by RGUS  Love by Lemuurek  Arthur - One year after by MorgainePendragon  Sword lady 28 by Lisajen-stock  <da:thumb id="423213220"/>
Into The Blue by TylerXy  Dragon Adoptables 1.1 by TaNa-Jo  651 by TheDarkenedBride  Commission for Feliane by mckadesinsanity

   2.  Try a different medium to express yourself.  Do you write poetry?  Try sketching with pencil.  

Do you paint?  Try photo-manipulation.  Do you create jewelry?  Try pounding some clay. Do you create fractal

images?  Grab your phone or camera and go out to take pictures of nature...or friends.  Do you feel uninspired 

by your own photography?  Try working with a fractal/flame software.  (You knew I had to slip fractals into

this journal somewhere!)



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3.  Find a Mentor in your chosen field of arts.  This may take a little work on your part, because YOU have

to look around for someone to guide you a bit.   Someone you trust to give you advice for improving

technique as well as inspiring you to continue growing.  I have found that most artists here on Deviant Art

love to help out a beginner or even an uninspired artist....you don't have to go through your

artistic "drought" all by yourself.

These are people who have been guidance to me in my own art...and are wonderful Deviant Art advocates.
I think they could even reach Senior member some future day!
So PLEASE do check out their profiles.....and be inspired yourself!

:iconphilluppus::iconablipintime::iconamericandork::iconsamiraku::iconthesis-d::icontogaochi::iconheysnapdragon:
:iconankoku-sensei::iconchaosfissure::iconcrayonmaniac::iconmelodiousglenndog::iconkala-k::iconfraterchaos::iconfractaldesire::icontasastock::iconsyccas-stock::icondygyt-alice::icondebbiechan::icondjedra:
:iconlonewolf117::icondsynegrafix::icongrannyogg::iconlupsiberg::iconiplywittrees::iconnateese:
:iconfaestock::icon0encrypted0::iconshenolive::iconsimplysilent::iconilantiis::iconkeelerleah::iconzetsuai89:
:iconacurmudgeon::iconarrancarfighter::iconmoonhigh::iconbrink-maniac::iconthekookyartist::iconjessicadru:
:icontatasz::iconyesimtekin::icontsukinohikari20::iconelapoon::iconcheyenne75::iconayyasap::iconartico621::iconelandria:
:iconangyvalentine::iconkessira26::iconjessamackensa::icondetea::iconkhasaki::iconlady-dragonrose::iconinvisiblegirlstock::iconleonchirocosplayart::iconyayacosplay::iconmannakana:

Try to remember that the Education you receive in pursuing art, often comes from people who are...well...better than we are in the chosen craft.  Don't be afraid or too proud.to ask for some criticism...I myself Have received some in a couple of different areas....and I hope it will improve all kinds of my art!  There are a LOT of artists listed above here...I could have written twice that number...
but had to stop somewhere.  But I know each of these artists has given me inspiration 
or word's of encouragement or directions on completing a task.  I believe they  (or others that YOU find)
will do the same for you!

OC request by maXKennedy  IR Tatton Park 6 HDR 2 by Okavanga  MD 223 by Philluppus  Contest Entry - Stroidax by PizzaPotatoNBacon Tearful by thekookyartist


4.  Now,  I don't want any groaning over this next suggestion.  It is an activity to take your eyes off of

yourself and encourage others...and it is a mainstay in the artistic community.  I am talking about

 leaving comments that are MORE than just  "good work"  or  "awesome dude!"

I am guilty of this myself,  but when I DO leave comments that tells the artist different things I

liked about his/her work,  it encourages them as well as sharpening my own eyes...AND

 becomes a source of inspiration for you as well  !   Try leaving a comment on at least ONE of these beauties below

that tells WHAT you like about the art OK?


Mfs79 by Dawgit  Sparkle by Nadia116  She Stands And So He Will Never Fall by Samiraku  White Roses by theresahelmer  I bring you scarlet light by crayonmaniac
The Mask of Fate by nightshade-keyblade  Frozen by Mirish  The Lone Oak by Nicolaas-G  Platinum Pearl Bridal Choker by BeadfulStrings  Look at you... by Togaochi  UF09 Romantic Bride by Xantipa2
Sode no Shirayuki cosplay - Snow dance by AngyValentine  Hime by Nateese  Commission1: Ishida Uryuu by hermione2411  SILVER SHINE by GeaAusten  Winter is Next by SuicideBySafetyPin

So, really now!  Try and leave a comment that contains substance about the piece of art being used.  Doing this simple act
can open up new possibilities and ideas in your own brain.  You could even be amazed!  I plan to do some checking
on these submissions to see if anyone wrote a worthwhile comment!




5.  Get INVOLVED with a couple of groups that support whatever kind of art-work you do.  There

are literally thousands of groups on Deviant art that cater to nearly every imaginable

art or craft.   Also join one or two groups that display art you find interesting or

would like to do in the future.  Below is just a sample of the depth and breadth of Deviant Art Groups:


:icondevpremium: :iconcolor-me-club: :iconmastergimpers: :iconrising-artists: :icondawishingwell: :icondazaholics: :iconfantasticfemales:
:iconworld-imaginary: :iconjugnuworld: :iconarthistoryproject: :iconpose-emporium: :iconfindafriend: :iconpsychedelictreasures:
:iconincendia: :iconbleachlife: :icongeometry-art: :iconfractaldreams: :iconprojecteducate: :iconvocaloid-fanclub:
:icontolkien: :iconbestofcosplay: :iconpencil-box: :iconideas-club: :iconimprovement-club:

I know I barely scratched the surface in presenting so many wonderful groups here on Deviant Art.

But I encourage you to explore for yourself...join a new group...make some new friends.

You will continue to grow right on through your uninspired time, and perhaps come back with a

fantastic piece of your own.




Feel free to leave in the comments section below with any and all ways YOU have personally

overcome artist's block :star:



Scrap Metal by AureliusCat  Dance with Snow White by Ze-RoFruits  Sky by DeTea  Djunina, white queen by ASlovesLisa  Cecelia 1 by kirilee  First Winter by AnnMarieBone
Sunset of Tears by Thesis-D  Unfindable by EdenSight  Old colors, new style: aqua seed bead necklace by AxmxZ  Fascinated By Your Beauty by AmericanDork  Lady Tehhy Shekk by Nateese  Arcadium 10 by moonhigh


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A small guide to rememdy that "dried-out" situation....bringing you and your art back to life.
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Beltaneh Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
Thank you!
I believe this looking around tips and getting involved in groups are very useful, maybe the most useful ones.
And of course "learning" to comment on the work of others, I always find myself lacking in words
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
In the past, going outside would have sorted me out.....that was until I was forced to moved to the coast. If there is one place I find stultifying, nasty and uninspiring...it is a coastal town in the UK. I have always hated  the seaside, but it is now complicated by severe health problems, so the cold is a killer and the breeze never drops even in a heatwave, which makes life extremely difficult.(I have a degenerative spinal condition) 

I mention these things because I am curious to know how others with health difficulties get round these issues?

For the record: I don't drive, I am looking for alternative family accommodation and public transport doesn't take you into the depths of the countryside anymore :(

My sovereign remedy for artists block is to stick music on as loud as possible, grab some paper and a pen, doodle and let the music do its magic :D
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know that health can be a major problem with roaming around outdoors.  I know this is a simplistic answer....but there are times I will pull a chair to a window.....open it if not too too cold...and just LOOK....at everything.  I LOVE to see birds.  All kinds.  I love their noises and cacophonies and watching them peck away.

I love your response here though  "My sovereign remedy for artists block is to stick music on as loud as possible, grab some paper and a pen, doodle and let the music do its magic :D (Big Grin)"

Well said!
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Harrisons-Forge Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
I do sit by the window a lot...there isn't much view though as I am on a commercial street above shops..in the UK that generally means the opposite side of the road, and hence the buildings, is only around 20-25 feet away... Once the weather is warm enough I will be much better ;)
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Lupsiberg Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014   General Artist
Thank you for this inspiring journal, and thank you for including one of my pictures :iconflowerheartplz:
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so welcome.....I love your art so much!
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kirbykirby56 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
If anyone's like me, sleeping really helps them be more creative. Just a suggestion :D :dummy:
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Zetsuai89 Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the mention!Frozen - HUG! Haruka Saigusa (Masato Dance) [V10] Fool Emoji-47 (Star) [V5] 
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My pleasure....you KNOW I love your art!
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Many thanks for the kind mention in this excellent piece, Jenny. 

Cheers

David
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the late reply....you are welcome!
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Okavanga Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014
No worries!

david
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MorgainePendragon Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What a touching article! Such useful and wonderful advices and hints. I enjoyed reading it. And I'll certainly take a further look at the artworks and groups you mentioned here. All in all really great stuff. Wow... :wow:
And by the way: Thank you so much for featuring the latest one of my Arthur-fanarts! Aww... This is too kind and I really appreciate it. :tighthug: :heart: I feel motivated! ;)
It's more the writing of fanfictions these days what captures me, not drawing. But I think it's about time to return to my very roots. I've ALWAYS done art in some way. Every time I took up the pencil it feels like coming home. So I think it's only a matter of time. I'll draw again. Wish I'd have more time for this though. The job... :no: But like I said: I feel motivated. And thankful for your words! :) :dance: :heart:
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so welcome...I will look forward to reading what your write.....and love looking at your beautful graphic arts too  :star:
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TylerXy Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great write up :) thank you for the mention.. i actually just gave that poster away last month.. i do have one more printed for my personal stash tho :)
alot of really good work shown here..

i dont really get artists block.. for me its more i just sometimes get unmotivated to sit down and create..
once i sit something always comes out..
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hear you Tyler....and I always look forward to seeing your work!
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gab1110 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014
After reading through this, I realized I don't do any of the things you listed to overcome Artist's Block. xD
Literally, the only thing I do to overcome it is just to draw. I know this sounds so weird because the effect of Artist's Block is to not be able to think of anything to draw or not be able to apply your ideas on the paper but this is where my solution comes in. 
Imagine you have Artist's Block and you have a sheet of paper on your desk. You have a pencil in your hand and you have no idea what to draw. Just draw anything. A line, a circle, a word. Anything. 
When you have that basis for your drawing, [ideally] the ideas of what to add/draw next should be coming in one by one. Maybe an hour later you could having that looks really amazing. Maybe even one of your best works. ;D
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I agree.....and thank you very much for sharing your insight here....it could help some in the same situation :rose:
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Dawgit Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014
Thanks for the mention. I got some great comments
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm so glad :icononiskiplz:
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moonhigh Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent article Jenny thanks for the mention!
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome Sir Richard:star:
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Nadia116 Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
This is a really good article:) and thanks for mentioning one of my photos it is really appreciated ^_^
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very welcome LadyNadia!
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Ametystical Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

I don't have artist's block anymore. I write down all my ideas so that I always have something to draw. Also, I notice that creativity is something you have to 'work out' like you do - or should do :p - with your body, the more you create the more creative you become. I had a hard time finding ideas but now they seem to come to me.


My major problem now is lack of motivation - that doesn't count as artist's block, does it? -, I keep procrastinating doing art, I always think that all I have to do is just 'do it' anyway, but I don't know, that have been so hard x.x

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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think procrastination could be disguising a sort of artist's block....but if you know your way around them...I think you will do fine :iconflowersplz:
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Keziamara Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Such good advice.  I've used a few, especially the get out of the house part.  Nothing like a change of scenery.
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the comment:star:
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amour-raven Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Student Writer
:love:
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am a dummy! :happybounce: I am a dummy! 
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ShadowHimeneko Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I was really starting to stagnate, both in ideas and improvement with my digital art... so I picked up traditional again and I've gotten so much inspiration! It really does wonders to (re)try something new. ^_^
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for sharing!
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bluartdesign2012 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
every artist wish to improve their art,the help from a mentor and constructive  critique is a great welcome for all ,  but the worst  thing the artist has to face is not understanding the complete language of a software .the creation of a real  fractal dictionary  woud be a blessing  for all novice  .if you are using just one software you can rely on tutorials that are for that specific software but in general  there is no complete tutorials on any of them,so knowing the fonctions and variances is a must to learn, there is the trial and error wich is a great way to learn,but knowing what can be done as an option and understanding  these options would save a lot of time and frustrations and will improved the skill to go farter into this fractal world.there is so many styles an d so many  skilled fractalist offered here in the group, the project educate is a great idea,learning from master is a  great oportunity,baby steps is a must before we are really able to walk.
thank,s to all for your presence and your encouragement to all novice and fractal  beginneres
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Understanding Fractals by mario837  This might be something you would be interested in.... mario837 is the one who put it all together....
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MangaErudite Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
On another note, another way to get rid of artists' block is to take a look at someone else's artwork and attempt to redraw it a different way, as well as to be inspired by it in the first place.
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MangaErudite Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for the info! Infos #4 and #5 particularly make much sense, at least to me. As for the rest of you guys, keep up the good work! Also, don't forget to support others as someone may support you in return!:thumbsup:
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your welcome....and thanks for sharing your insights too:star:
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LadyBeelze Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
don't take me bad but point 4 sounds more like making publicity for those pics =v=

however, i overcome artist' block by doing some other activity i really love appart from working in my drawings and comics. since i get too focused in the other activity  (writting in my case) i soon start to feel inspired to draw again, and so i do when i have writer block
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for commenting.....and yes,  in a way my putting those avatar pictures up there is like publicity.....but remember....these people are tried, tested and true in helping others  (People like me) when they are discouraged or fried or whatever.....they've been through it....and they have helped others through things too....you don't sound bad to share your feelings about it...I appreciate it....really:star:
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jellylamps Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Artist block SUCKS!!!!!!!!!! :iconexplodelaplz:

I've overcome it by first taking a piece of art someone else made, then adding an original background of my own, thinking it up as I went.
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(clears throat)  You DO get permission from the other artist to practice with their work....right?    Yes, of course you do....:star:
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jellylamps Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Obviously. No one with respect for art in general would take art without permission.
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I knew so...:icononiskiplz:
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heySnapDragon Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
Oh girl! I'm really honored and pleased to help you out one way or another...Hug 
funny thing...I'm actually feeling something like an art block...I'm still fed up with my laptop/digital work and I make a break...I'm reading a  webcomic "Noblesse" I  found  a couple of week ago...at the same time I thinking about what I would draw...
I'm also glad to read comments peoples left on my profile coz that's always a relief to see that some guys like my work! :D
I do appreciate all your wise advices :)
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I hear you....there will always be ups and downs in the world of art and creating....I am glad to have you as a friend :star:
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heySnapDragon Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
the same for me Jenny Hug 
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Skye-42 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Student General Artist
How do I come over Artist's Block?

Mmm... I do one of two things. I either go for a walk, (Or pace around the house XD) or I listen to music.

Walking is something I do a lot whenever I'm thinking, so I'm usually pacing up and down the hallway whenever I'm writing something. Sometimes, I go outside, because I annoy my brothers with all my pacing. >w<
And I listen to music. Not only just the music on my iPod, but I go around the internet to find different songs that I've never heard of before. Music helps me in weird ways, it can inspire me to draw, or inspire me to write. Sometimes music inspires me to make a new OC. (Which I still have a billion to make. >.<)

Oh, and another thing. I find doodling random things to be extremely helpful, and fun! Randomly drawing about things you like can definitely help you, or just make you laugh and enjoy yourself. ^^
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Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
All those a great things to use to break the block!  Thank you for sharing them with us!
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Skye-42 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Student General Artist
Thank you and you're welcome. ^^
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AmericanDork Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
That's exactly what I do, too with listening to music as well as new music to overcome my artist block and enhance my imagination, it's the perfect cure. And doodling random things absolutely helps me to lighten up and get me into a creative mood again. Smile 

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