Being an artist, you’ve definitely heard the term “Art-Block”. Or maybe you’ve experienced Art-Block/Creative-Block at one point in time or another. Art-blocks can be described as a condition in which artists lose their ability to produce or create new work; or experience creative slowdown.
Art blocks can last for days, weeks, months, or even years. Art blocks are frustrating for artists and if you’re looking for ways how to overcome Art-block, here I’m sharing five tips that help me when I struggle through an Art block. Yes, it can come and go many times in your life.
Before diving into this article, I want to put a disclaimer:
If you believe you’re experiencing art block, don’t ever feel guilty for not being able to create art. Take care of yourself first. You might lose inspiration and everything you try to create is pretty much feels like crap to you making your self-esteem plummeted. Quit sitting in your little bubble of self-pity.
So without any further ado let’s jump to the 5 Essential Things to remember when dealing with an Art Block:
1. Never give up: Force your sorry ass to bring you on top
When you’re experiencing an art block the worst thing you can do is to stop practicing your art. Don’t give up. Keep practicing until you feel the mojo back. Take a look at some tutorials on the internet if you want; learn some new techniques. If you ain’t practicing, you ain’t clawing your way up. Isn’t it right?
Force yourself if needed, even if nothing is coming into your mind or you are feeling the lowest possible. Start doing whatever feels right for that moment. Sometimes going around aimlessly can help you to overcome the Art block.
2. Is it Art Block or Depression? Identify and conquer
If you’re developing negative feelings, it does not just affect your art but also the world around you becomes gray and bleak. Well, that’s not an art block. That’s depression, my friend! Seek medical help, talk to your friends or peers or parents. Art Block can be a result of depression, so recognize the signs.
No creative person that brings something new into the world is devoid of negative thoughts. All of a sudden nothing looks good. You’re tired but you want to keep going. If you’ve been drinking coffee at 4 am and thinking “Maybe I’ve lost my talent” –Get some rest. You need a couple of days off to rekindle that fiery artistic spirit in you. Overworking is not good for your health.
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3. Take up Art Challenges
To unlock your creative potential, take up Art Challenges. You can find such Art challenges on social media or even create one for yourself and your peers/friends. It will give you something to work towards and a sense of competition. It will help you to stay inspired and motivated.
4. Don’t forget to Take a break
If you’re stuck, sometimes the best thing to do is to take a break and do something else. It’s obvious that working in the same place, you often might lose interest. All you really need is to just stop everything and step away. It will help you to figure out what you want to achieve and how you are going to do it. Otherwise, you may end up spinning your wheels with no actual progress.
Go for a trip or maybe just walk by local parks or roads (Don’t forget to wear your mask and carry a sanitizer!). It will refresh your mind. As we all know there is no other better healing process than being in nature.
5. Seek inspiration in unusual places
Every artist has their own series of things that they draw inspiration from—something they enjoy watching or nature or friends—it’s different for different people. I, myself, often look for inspiration in movies and gardening whenever I feel demotivated.
Sometimes your usual source of inspiration can feel exhausted. Venture into a new one. The world is your oyster. If you are looking for inspiration and then don’t hesitate.
Read some inspirational quotes that provide you incredible insights and help you to deal with Art Block.
Pablo Picasso once said — “Inspiration does exist but it must find you working.”
If you are not working, then inspiration will elude you.
We can definitely feel sometimes that we are not good enough! Don’t take art block in a negative sense. Take a positive approach towards it.
An art block also means you’re evolving.
Art Block can come about from simply comparing yourself to other artists. Never, ever do that. If you’re passionate about your art, it will shine through without any doubt.
Create like you did as a kid—not just for the sake of it. Play with your Art!
What do you do when you face an Art Block? Comment below and share your unique way.
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