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    The recurring question “how do I break this artist's block”, we’ve all hit that wall where we just can’t find a way to get anything out, and if we do it’s just rubbish we can hardly bare to admit we created. There are many causes of artist’s block, and luckily many cures!

     Sometimes we're not inspired, this is probably the hardest to overcome because you can't always just make yourself get up and go get inspired. Another reason people hit this block is because they're just bored with what they're doing. Below are a few ways to break either of those causes, use one method, use four whatever you want and whatever it takes. You can get through it.

  • Take a break; seriously. This is my first suggestion give yourself a little bit to think, relax, rejuvenate and simply be blocked for a minute, hour or a day or two. Unless you’re in some rush to get it done take advantage of this step. Sometimes your brain just needs a minute to cool down before it powers back up and gets going again.
  • Prompts: prompts come in many forms from themes, words/phrases, examples, visual pieces, music etc. They are used to inspire you and make you think about how to represent or respond to the given prompt. [you can google [art type i.e. writing, photography, etc.] prompts or you can use your own.
  • Try something new: Think of something you haven’t done/tried before. Then go forth and find a tutorial and give it a try, you’ll create something from that tutorial AND maybe you’ll get inspired to use the method/style in a different way with something else.
  • Previous Ideas/Art:
    • in my opinion everybody should keep an inspiration journal [writing journal, thought journal, whatever you choose to call it]. We’ve all had those moments where we’re in class, at work, walking our dog, showering, whatever and we have a brilliant idea! Write it down, write it on your hand, write it in the steam on the mirror, write it on a scrap of paper just write it down. And when you get the chance add it to your journal [I do recommend keeping this on you, but it’s up to you. I also know people who keep their ideas in their phone notes because it’s easier to carry your phone then remember a journal] When you get a block, go back to this list and find stuff on there to start, work on or whatever.
    • another option is to go back to an old piece of work; think of the ways you improve it and do again, branch off [start a series, make it bigger or even get an entirely new idea!]
  • Start a project: Project 365, 52 week project, a monthly themed challenge [NaNoWriMo, 30 Days of Photos, 30 days, 30 sketches], even make one up! Make a goal/challenge to get yourself creating something, anything. It doesn’t have to be fantastic, it has to break that barrier between you and your inspiration.
  • Join Groups: find a group that helps with inspiration [100ThemesChallenge] in your media/style of artwork. One that has challenges/prompts/contests/etc. that will help inspire you, encourage you and give you the motivation and reason to get out there and start working on your art again.
  • Believe in yourself: if you believe you're never going to create art again, you're probably not. If you keep thinking it's only going to suck, it probably will. Believe in  yourself and your art! Take compliments! Let your head grow! Improve, grow and strive. You'll get through this block, we all have 

   ☆ Take a break
   ☆ Give prompts a go [music, words/phrases, visual, etc.]
   ☆ Try new methods/styles/techniques/etc.
   ☆ Go back to old ideas/art and try them [again]
   ☆ Start a project [daily, weekly, month long, 100 themes etc.]
   ☆ Join a Groups
   ☆ Believe in Yourself

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Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
revamping old works is good :) I often do that when nothing else works :XD:
or trying something completely new!! that way I got into beading
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014   General Artist
I wasn't taking photos for quite a while; but I went through for a while and re-edited all my photos :giggle: I clearly liked saturation a touch too much when I first started :lol:
but revamping is awesome :la:

:nod: that too.
I more-so have the problem I get bored; once I start something and I feel I've "accomplished" it, I get bored and need to do something else... I'll still do what I did before but I'll focus my energy and thoughts on a different form/media until I get that down.
Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Professional General Artist
do you know the group that focuses on the before and after memes?
Its amazing what revamping / recreating a work can do (as well to an artists block)

Regina Noctus Meme by Nameda or look in my scraps there are a couple of memes

:rofl: My first photos here where taken with a shitty camcorder NOISE is what  you see first :XD:
No chance to recover most of those old photos, I just kept some out of nostalgia to remember me how far I did come since I joined dA

Not a clue on any photography rules like rules of thirds :lmao: 

WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014   General Artist
KickYourOwnAss is the only group I can recall :O

I have done of a few of those myself :nod: to completely recreate.

As for those images the only thing I was able to save really was the terrible editing.
I was always going for BRIGHT colors, but after I learned more about it I realized it looked more like an LSD trip rather than a catchy photo :giggle:

The first one is cool, but that second one :omfg: that is beautiful :faint: seriously amazing!

I'm still learning a lot on photography :lol:
but writing I really don't know a lot about at all :no: you'd think after years of writing I'd get some of it? Nope, nothing :hmm: but it works for me.
Digital, traditional, anything else I've got even less knowledge about :lol:
Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
I meant :icondraw-this-again-meme:

hahaha I did most of my early work on a laptop and OMG I got a shock when I got a pc with a much better quality monitor :O
The colours where so different too!!!

That is the most spectacular of changes on my works the other ones are more subtile 

So am I what seriously helped me a lot, or better said who, is TVD-Photography Dani was so awesome and in one zoo trip got me of automatic on fully manual, and I never looked back once since. Double remarkable is that before I was at a photo course and never got the hang of it. Her on one teaching and patiently explaining what I needed in each situation did help me tremendously. She should honestly think on get a photography teacher!

If it comes to digital or better said photo-manipulation I highly can recommend conzpiracy  he has a free webpage with loads of tutorials and a course which is worth every single penny!! His tips on composition are fantastic for photography too.
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   General Artist
Oh :slow: sorry, I was a bit loopy and exhausted yesterday :giggle:

I couldn't get manual for the longest time until I was doing something which required me to do so [on a camera that wasn't even mine :noes:] and since then I think the only time my camera hits automatic modes is when my daughter uses it. I thought it would be the hardest thing ever to do and it made NO sense to me at first :lol: but once I actually had to start doing it, I was in love with options.
I've thought a time or two about taking a photography but never seem to do it :no:

and I did look at that site; not sure if I'll ever use it, but if I ever get the desire to do photomanips I will definitely look further :la: I did save it :love:
Nameda Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014  Professional General Artist
:) connz is one awesome person and a terrific teacher:)
Manuals? Whats that?? ;) I have a preety decent IQ but manuals elude me, unless I already know the basics. I am a learning by doing type of person. and best on one, that way I learn best. Beading tutorials huh? but Youtube beading tuts helped me a lot. Because I can see and follow step by step, much more clearly than the best written tut.
My kid.. not clue about settings as of yet, but a patience to achieve a result I will never achieve
WorldWar-Tori Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2014   General Artist
I'm a learn by doing person too... I was terrible in school 'cause I couldn't sit there and read/be talked at... it drove me insane and I would eventually end up walking out of a lot of classes in high school. [bad plan, I know but I couldn't sit there anymore]. I still graduated with a decent grade point and everything because a lot of my teachers were really cool and let me take tests/quizzes in class but do my learning elsewhere. ^^; luckily.

I've learned a lot from youtube, most written ones I'm like "um... did you skip a step because I am REALLY confused now!" :giggle:

That's fair :nod:
my son knows a little about settings, but only from using my film cameras, so he's got a few things down but not a ton. He still uses the automatic settings a lot [which is fine, he's only 8 :lol:]
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LittleWhiteCatShiny Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
D8 I've had a art block for about a mounth and some more, I wanna draw and I'm scared of never drawing again, but I don't find intrest in it.
Itti Featured By Owner May 14, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Prompts work for many media, not just literature!
Some great ideas though, well written :)
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