messeyboo asked: hey i love your blog! i have always been artistic, I studied art throughout school and loved it! i got both my b-techs, then stopped studying to work. after 2 years working behind a desk (SOUL CRUSHING) i decided to quit my job, and create a portfolio so I can go to university and study again! i did it, i got my placement! but now I'm stuck in a complete block and haven't drawn in months, not a single doodle. how do you cope with a block? I need advice!! i need to get my mojo back! :( from jess
I have my own (unsuccessful) ways of dealing with artists block, and it usually involves ignoring the situation for weeks until inspiration hits me again. Sometimes though I will force myself to put a pencil to paper, accept whatever terrible doodle comes out of it, and do this over and over until something decent comes out. It works only sometimes…. haha. I’m a terrible person to ask for this advice!
I asked my boyfriend what advice he would give another artist, and he told me the following, which I find to be pretty solid advice:
When you have a block in your creativity, you ought to do two things;
1. take a break and go to the things that inspire you, watch a movie, go to a museum, read, etc.
2. Go through old sketchbooks and take a look at old ideas you’ve had. It’s time to finally get around to the ideas you haven’t had a chance to bring to life
His words made me think about another thing you can do. Find a favorite piece of artwork and try copying it. If you’re going back to school for art, this is really beneficial to you - teach yourself how to paint (or draw or sculpt, whatever floats your boat!) by copying the technique another artist has used. It’s a learning process, and because you are teaching your brain something, it usually will spur inspiration for something of your own.
I really hope this bit of advice is able to help! Best of luck with your studies and career in art!
with love, lucie.