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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  Princess by JessaMackensa
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!)


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 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!


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 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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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 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
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 it if not too too cold...and just 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!
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 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 ;)
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:
Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are so welcome.....I love your art so much!
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:
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] 
Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My KNOW I love your art!
Okavanga Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
Many thanks for the kind mention in this excellent piece, Jenny. 


Lady-Compassion Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Sorry for the late are welcome!
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