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Artist's Block

Postby aliveinHim » Fri Aug 19, 2011 8:39 am

How does one get passed an artist's block. What's annoying is that I have inspiration. I just can't draw realism anymore. I used to be able to shade and make something look real and all of a sudden it looks like crap :(. Please help all you artists.
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Postby Furen » Mon Aug 29, 2011 7:37 pm

aliveinHim (post: 1498292) wrote:How does one get passed an artist's block. What's annoying is that I have inspiration. I just can't draw realism anymore. I used to be able to shade and make something look real and all of a sudden it looks like crap :(. Please help all you artists.


:/ best I can say is work at the basics again (the basics are always important) and just remember what you used to do or learn a new style you like better.
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Postby ABlipinTime » Thu Sep 01, 2011 4:47 pm

Draw anyways. About 2 years back, I hadn't drawn anything for years (That phrasing sounds funny, huh?). I was afraid that what I would draw would be terrible. I finally mustered up the courage to draw something. I'm not mentioning how well it turned out, but nevertheless, a roadblock in my artistic career, as I might call it, was removed. The more I drew, the better I got. That's the same with anyone. The lesson here is don't be afraid of drawing crap. You skill will improve, and if you don't want to keep around those memoirs of practice, well...

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Postby FllMtl Novelist » Thu Sep 01, 2011 6:50 pm

Get a reference picture, or, depending on what you want, get a sibling or friend to pose for you (don't expect him/her to hold the pose for long, though). After paying close attention to whatever's tricky for you (e.g., noses, or ears), try again.

If you've never looked at drawing books or other resources, consider doing so. Knowing where exactly the eyes belong on an average adult's face is useful information, even if the people you draw aren't average adults.
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Postby c.t.,girl » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:31 am

FllMtl Novelist (post: 1501444) wrote:Get a reference picture, or, depending on what you want, get a sibling or friend to pose for you (don't expect him/her to hold the pose for long, though). After paying close attention to whatever's tricky for you (e.g., noses, or ears), try again.

If you've never looked at drawing books or other resources, consider doing so. Knowing where exactly the eyes belong on an average adult's face is useful information, even if the people you draw aren't average adults.


And if you don't have $$ for those books you can always look at some stuff here: http://tutorialsclub.deviantart.com/ :>

I have been and continue to be in an art slump for...*looks at DA to see when the last picture was put up by myself* it's been a while...>_>

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"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case." - Chuck Close[/color]
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Postby aliveinHim » Fri Sep 02, 2011 11:55 am

Thanks everybody! I seem to have overcome it :)
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Postby Radical Dreamer » Fri Sep 02, 2011 12:11 pm

A quote from Chuck Close that I find to be incredibly true:

"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case."

Great, great advice. XD
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Postby c.t.,girl » Fri Sep 02, 2011 5:35 pm

[quote="Radical Dreamer (post: 1501624)"]A quote from Chuck Close that I find to be incredibly true:

"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs]

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"The advice I like to give young artists, or really anybody who’ll listen to me, is not to wait around for inspiration. Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just show up and get to work. If you wait around for the clouds to part and a bolt of lightning to strike you in the brain, you are not going to make an awful lot of work. All the best ideas come out of the process; they come out of the work itself. Things occur to you. If you’re sitting around trying to dream up a great art idea, you can sit there a long time before anything happens. But if you just get to work, something will occur to you and something else will occur to you and something else that you reject will push you in another direction. Inspiration is absolutely unnecessary and somehow deceptive. You feel like you need this great idea before you can get down to work, and I find that’s almost never the case." - Chuck Close[/color]
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