How to get inspired

May 2nd, 2018 / Freelance

Probably everyone who has ever dealt with drawing, has happened to sit in front of an ominously blank page and think about ‘what I should actually draw’. Unfortunately, artistic mood is a capricious friend who sometimes comes to us when she wants and not when we need her. It often occurs when you try to fall asleep peacefully, and in the morning you do not remember what she came to us with. You know it? Well, there are a few ways to ‘drill’ your mood a bit.

First and foremost, you should constantly expand your bank of inspiration. It is good to have two such banks: physical – clippings, saved files, leaflets, various paper, templates, etc. and in our own head. You’ll probably ask, how can you build them? I am in a hurry with the answer.

Several ways on how deal with art-block
  • Pinterest – an application that I have already mentioned on the occasion of an [article] about building your own group of recipients. It is also useful for extinguishing the most urgent problems called “I do not know what to draw”. You can build your own boards with inspiring pictures and reference photos, as well as use other people. Pinterest will send you an e-mail (if you’re a subscriber) with entire boards and individual pins that may interest you. I treat the application as a kind of lifebuoy and look there in the face of an extremely heavy “art block”. I do this for one simple reason: the resources of the website are not unlimited and it happens that you will find, for example, an identical bunny drawn on the occasion of Easter holidays, on boards of few artists you follow.

illustration on how to deal with art-block

  • Tutorials on YT, drawing books – I adhere to this principle – of course you can disagree with me – first the basics, then freestyle. I’m constantly learning foundations. This gives blocks and bricks to build the most awesome artistic constructions. Thanks to this, you can feel more confident as a creator and, knowing all the rules, compose amazing works. If you have no idea what to draw at the moment, come back to the basics from time to time. I use videos on YouTube and books. Classics, which I can with a clear conscience recommend “Anatomy for artists”, books by Andrew Loomis, or titles about the history of art. In my opinion, it is worth balancing the conscious science (eg. study of the hand structure, the entire anatomy or drawing perspectives) by creating and, colloquially speaking, “free scribble”. Then you can learn both the basics and stimulate your creativity.
  • Movies – searching for interesting scenes, especially in films shot with the focus on creating nice shots. This method is one of my favorites. Do you associate movies that look like works of art? In which the action may not take place rapidly, but when you pause it you will see almost-like finished picture? I like to redraw such selected compositions – in order to learn similar sensitivity myself. You can also copy well-known images that have attracted your attention, etc. I do not recommend sharing such works, but rather treating them as an exercise. Some people publish fan art, but always with reference to the original. Certainly you can not sell them – anyway, check the license rights of given creators to dispel all doubts. Usually it is precisely specified what is allowed by a given creator or studio.
  • Environment – if you do not have any creative idea, draw what surrounds you: items on the desk, view outside the window, the interior of the cafe, if you’re in it. Take a sketchbook always with you, because you never know when something inspirational catches your attention. Practice your observation art. It is also worth at least try to sketch people in public places. I know it’s a bit embarrassing – so try to wear sunglasses to not pay attention to yourself.

draw from your surroundings

  • Other artists, mentors – other creators should be another source of inspiration. Browse albums, artbooks, Instagram, Tumblr, Behance, Dribbble and other similar sites. Visit art galleries and museums. Learn about different styles of illustration (I recommend a book of 50 years of illustration and this page). I like to browse also stocks with paid and free illustrations and graphics. Keep track of what you like about the artist. Try to combine individual elements, something interesting will surely come out of it.
  • The next sub-point is something that may not be associated in a very obvious way with drawing or generally with creation, but it is beneficial for it. It’s about new experiences. Getting to know new people, developing your interests, visiting new places, admiring architectural objects, nature – all of this has its reflection in what we create. The same applies to the learning of new programs and techniques. In general, all new stimuli will positively affect your creative process. In this way, you are expanding your internal bank of inspiration. Keeping up to date photos and sketches, creating illustrated travel logs, collecting, for example, dried plants from the places where we were, tickets, posters, leaflets, etc., we also develop our physical bank of inspiration.
  • Orders and challenges, i.e. situations in which you have imposed the subject of drawing. If you are already executing orders, then you will somehow select them and choose those that suit you, not only financially, but also thematically. However, you have no influence on everything. Someone, by giving you an order, imposes on you the subject of illustration / image. This means that if you do not want to, you have to get out of your comfort zone and do something that sometimes does not come to your mind (which is good). If you have no orders yet – nothing is lost. There are many challenges such as Inktober, Marmay, 30 day drawing challenge, 365 day illustration challenge, 52 week illustration challenge, etc. In such a challenge you have an imagined topic every day and the problem “what I draw today” goes into oblivion. of them also professional artists, wanting to spin a little, but also promote (I mention this here ).
  • To induce a collaboration, you can also use the mobile application, in the end we have the 21st century (eg. the Jazzy application that costs less than 3 dollars). Such an application will randomly tell you what you can sketch, they are different, sometimes bizarre ideas. If you prefer analog solutions, you can arrange a “hat lottery”. To the drawing machine (bowl, cap, mug, cardboard box, etc.), put cards with drawing themes. Possibly (and here the fun is even better) single words, which are drawn together, will create a bizarre illustration. The idea is to broaden your thinking horizons and make drawing as easy as possible.
  • Join the community – a point, which in total combines some of the previous ones. Being with other people in a group with the same interests, you can motivate each other, challenge yourself, play drawing games, give yourself constructive criticism, etc. You can not overemphasize the value of the group and exit to the world with your creativity.
  • Create an illustration that you lack the inspiration – once you’ve completely disappeared from creative creativity and do not want to come back, do anything to move your hand. Create a typography, for example, describing your problem. It usually helps me get back on the old tracks and get a little bit of a move.

make a habit to draw every day

  • Make a habit – at the end the most prosaic way of all. Determining a specific time to create and stick to it even if I do not know what. Of course, assuming that if you do not know what to draw on a given day, you will use one of the points above or draw anything. I once heard a digital painter (I don’t remember the name), in which he revealed that for a long time he had an assumption to draw at least one line every day. He had prepared materials and sat at his desk every day. Of course, in 99% of cases it did not end on one line, it usually made a small sketch. This allowed him to gradually develop his abilities every day.

I hope that this entry was inspiring for you and will help you overcome the disappearance of creativity as soon as it appears. The longer you wait with the drawing, the harder it is to take them, and without drawing it so hard. Share in the comment below if you have your own ideas for artistic impotence.