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10 ways to overcome artist's block
Posted on November 11, 2011 by idrawgirls

10 ways to overcome artist's block and get your mind back to creative spot. It's very common, but devastating moment for an artist to feel they've lost their inspiration, to encounter a creative block. But suffering from artist's block doesn't mean you've lost your imagination or ability to execute cool stuff. Good news is, over years of working in professional concept art environment I found that there are many ways that you can beat it permanently. icon smile 10 ways to overcome artists block

There are 10 simple ways that I usually do to beat artist's block and kill the beast once and for all.

1) If you cannot think of what to draw or paint, try study or copy from master artists. This is a good opportunity for you to challenge yourself and you will discover new things along the way copying the work of artists you like and admire such as John Singer Sargent, Frank Frezetta, or any great artists. There is no shame, all the great artist study or copy the master artists before them, it's true! icon smile 10 ways to overcome artists block

2) Life drawing session, just go draw from live models or go outside and do some landscape sketch, composition, study trees, leaves, building, people. Just draw!
This one is easy. But I often choose life drawing session because there are people there and it motivate you to draw faster and more. (thanks Luca for reminding me) icon smile 10 ways to overcome artists block

3) Change mediums. If you draw with tablet, start random doodling with pencil in the sketchbook. If you use pencil, try markers, charcoals, brushes, ect. Explore with new materials and use new tools. You can just doodle random shapes to get your frustration out, it doesn't need to make sense. Though you might find some cool shapes randomly that will give you idea to develop further.
how to over come artist block 10 ways to overcome artists block

4) Go for a run! That what usually works for me, get sweat and you will be rejuvenate. Believe it or not, your brain will function so fresh after a good long (at least 20 minute) sweat. If you don't run, get into the habit! It's good for your health and cheap. Or you can punch the bag or any exercise you might prefer…as long as you get sweat you will get the same result. Slow walk does not count!

5) Find new inspiration pieces, I do this a lot. Internet is a HUGE collection of information. I usually visit,, or cghub and look for something cool. Or to avoid the computer, go visit to a local gallery or museum often helps. Or go through art books and magazines. Take the pressure off of yourself and just enjoy other artists' work.

6) Take a new direction with your approach. If you usually start using lines, try start using shapes. If your approach is realism, try cubism. If you start with monochrome, try using color right away. Anything that get you away from your habit or comfort zone.

7) Studying anatomy, just draw random part of the body as studying, something you don't usually pay attention to. Make it a mission of studying just hands for a few days or feet or hair, ect. It's always good to do some review and study.

8) Read cool stuff that will stimulate your visual cortex. I usually go read Greek mythology, Hindu's god, goddess and deities, Chinese mythology and ancient tales like "Journey to the West" or any contemporary science-fiction like Cthulhu, Dune, any zombie story. Then make your own vision of whatever that might be creatures, demons, etc. Watch some visually kickass movies also works.

9) Re-design old cartoons, comics, Manga, or Anime, movies you like. Look at them again, read, browse, then recreate them as your own vision. It's all for the good fun and it can be long and challenging. Kinda similar to #7

10) Sleep, maybe you should get a good sleep possibly. You might be working too hard and your brain don't function anymore. So give it a break. icon smile 10 ways to overcome artists block

If these 10 tips do not help, it is possibly that you are burnt out. so…you could do #11

11) There are times that the pros called it, "burn out"! If that is the case, it's not your creativity. It's your fire that is slowly going out of flame. It's time to take a break from art totally for at least 3-7 days. Go do something else. If art is your profession, you will have to find a hobby, for real. If not, then it's easier for you. If you are an art student, well this one doesn't apply to you because you have not earn this batch yet. Don't even draw, browse art forum or do anything that relate to what you do everyday art wise. You will come back with all the new idea and possibly OVERLOADED that you cannot wait to get it out of your head.

Hope this information are helpful icon smile 10 ways to overcome artists block
Art is coming soon. Cheers!!!

PS: if you have any tips that you do to help get a rid of artist's block, feel free to share on the comment. Thank you guys.
  • Listening to: The computer buzzing
  • Reading: What is written in front of me
  • Watching: The computer screen
  • Drinking: A Cup of Tea.
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shadowguildmaster2 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Argh. I think I'm in an 11 right now!
AngelGhidorah Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
Sorry. :(
shadowguildmaster2 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I just got over it yesterday!
AngelGhidorah Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2012
Awesome. :D
Hoshino-tantan26 Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:iconyuiheavenplz: Ye~e~e~y! finally know what to do when I get artists block! hahaha :iconletmehugyouplz:
AngelGhidorah Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012
You're welcome. :D :huggle:
Hoshino-tantan26 Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
zMrToothlesS Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2012  Student General Artist
thanks for the helpful tips ill try it out :D :D :D
AngelGhidorah Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012
You're welcome. :)
I just found this and copied it. :)
zMrToothlesS Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2012  Student General Artist
if u could add this one could be video games because when i cant think i will just play and get some ideas from playing :)
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