Fighting Creative Block

Sometimes life just drains you and you don’t have anything left to give.

Some reasons for this may be lack of sleep, too busy, no project lined up, or just plain discouragement.

The key for the creative mind is to stay active when our prime energy periods are.

Think about inspiration over productivity.

If a shape or form inspires you, go with it.

Sometimes watercolor doesn’t do it for me, but illustration or cartooning will.

You will produce more works over time, if you do not get caught up in a productivity mindset.

Least of all you should not compare yourself  to what others have done.

Everyone is at a different stage in their life.

What do you do when your creativity is absent?

Prepare.

There are numerous ways to be proactive when you don’t feel like being creative.Logan cutter

Some of the things I do:

  • Dream
  • Look back at old projects
  • Write
  • Look at other people’s work
  • Clean
  • Organize
  • Cut my paper
  • Dream
  • Look at reference images
  • Plan
  • Draw whatever
  • Experiment with something else

The real key is to avoid rabbit trails. If you engage in a project you want to finish more than working on your own immediate goals, you should probably spend some more time in that media. I have heard other people say that the other media is more important, so you should change your priorities, but I believe you need side notes even in your creative field. Many artists were known for one style of art or one media or even one field, but they always had an alternate to lean on. In the traditional atelier method of classic painting, artists worked with charcoal, ink, and watercolor.

Don’t be discouraged if you miss some creative time. Strive to be gracious, life is short and if you spend that time on guilt trips, you will never get anywhere.

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