What You Can Do About It: Step Away From Art For
The best way to combat art block is to
just step away from art altogether for some time.
Don’t draw or paint anything for as
long as needed. Don’t try to think about it all the time or it will
just make matters worse.
Clear your mind.
Enjoy some of your other hobbies. Spend
time with your friends and family.
If you are an artist with all your heart, your desire to draw will come back sooner or later – and the creativity with it.
It’s difficult to do this if you’re a professional artist and have bills to pay. You can’t afford to just quit drawing for a few days or weeks.
But the reality is this:
Professional artists have moved beyond this most of the time and have realized that there are always going to be ups and downs while practicing their craft.
They accepted it long ago and just go on with their daily activities.
That said, here are 10 more ways to fight art block. Now you’re set!
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Reason #2: Bad Fundamentals
Another reason could be that you
actually have a lack of knowledge in the fundamentals.
Creating art has many (!) facets:
Anatomy, proportions, perspective, color, values, composition, lighting and shading, … (Check out my guide How To Draw Anything)
It might be that you neglected to study one of those areas and it’s finally catching up to you.
What You Can Do About It: Get Back To The Basics
The simple solution is to start
practicing the fundamentals again.
You have to realize that being an artist is a journey.
For example, it’s not like you practice
anatomy for a few weeks and then you’re just done with it.
It’s an ongoing process, a learning experience for a lifetime.
If you accept that you have to work on the fundamentals regularly and begin strengthening them again, your art will improve. The feeling of „I can’t draw anymore“ will likely go away soon.
Reason #3: You Haven’t Been Practicing Right Or
A third possible reason is that you
just haven’t been practicing right – or not enough!
Like everything in life drawing and painting require you to constantly practice your skills.
If you neglect to hone your skills and only draw what you already can, you won’t get better – or worse:
Your skills will diminish!
What You Can Do About It: Practice More / Better
Stop only drawing things that you’ve
drawn so many times already.
Start practicing again and do it the
right way. Incorporate some dedicated practice time with the focus of
improving your art.
In addition to that, you can always
create more detailed drawings – but choose motifs that include
certain aspects (certain poses, lighting situations, perspectives, …)
that require you to practice drawing them beforehand.
This way you will get better quickly and it’s a surefire way to combat the feeling that you suddenly can’t draw anymore.