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Offline Ulario

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« on: June 23, 2005, 11:56:25 am »
Anybody else ever get the feeling that they are bored with drawing?

Lately I've been feeling that way since I feel like I've drawn mostly everything and I've been struggling to come up with new ideas/poses/whatever.  I guess that would be a natural feeling for someone like me who's drawn all their life (22 years).  Drawing furries just dosen't give me the same thrill that it used to, I tried moving into more fantasy/sci-fi based pictures, but I get similar feelings.

I'm thinking about taking a vacation... not drawing anything for a few months (except commissions).  I'm not sure, yet.  Maybe it will give me some time to think.

Anyone else ever get feelings like that, if you do... how do you cope with it?
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« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2005, 12:34:17 pm »
hmm..toughie. normally i observe other fantasy artists work, look at style/poses/expressions..and muse on it.

if i was fed up, i'd just walk away from it for a while, chill out *in my case, do archery or falconry*. take up a hobby to occupy you when the feeling of boredom hits.

i hear falconry's cheap   '<img'>  although it might just be cheap in the UK

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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2005, 12:35:41 pm »
I'm against falconry.
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« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2005, 01:15:46 pm »
can you tell me why?

i reckon (my opinion) that as long as the birds are doing what comes naturally (hunting) then it's a fab excuse to draw 'em in flight

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« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2005, 01:18:44 pm »
Quote (Seyarki Swordra @ June 23 2005, 1:15 pm)
can you tell me why?

i reckon (my opinion) that as long as the birds are doing what comes naturally (hunting) then it's a fab excuse to draw 'em in flight

No.  Because I don't feel like I need to explain my moral beliefs to you.




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« Reply #5 on: June 23, 2005, 01:21:09 pm »
no probs.  '<img'>

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« Reply #6 on: June 23, 2005, 08:11:25 pm »
Quote (Ulario @ June 23 2005, 10:56 am)
Anybody else ever get the feeling that they are bored with drawing?

Lately I've been feeling that way since I feel like I've drawn mostly everything and I've been struggling to come up with new ideas/poses/whatever.  I guess that would be a natural feeling for someone like me who's drawn all their life (22 years).  Drawing furries just dosen't give me the same thrill that it used to, I tried moving into more fantasy/sci-fi based pictures, but I get similar feelings.

I'm thinking about taking a vacation... not drawing anything for a few months (except commissions).  I'm not sure, yet.  Maybe it will give me some time to think.

Anyone else ever get feelings like that, if you do... how do you cope with it?

that happens quite a few to me lately, thats why I draw way fewer than before.
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« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2005, 09:20:58 pm »
Yep. It's like you've seen everything so all the ideas are gone. Just wait though, you'll be back at it.

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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2005, 09:41:46 pm »
It happens to me every now and then, too. Usually during those times, I push myself to try to keep drawing in case some good idea comes along, but usually all I get are a few pages of so-so doodles and scribbles in my notebook. After a while of that, something comes along that inspires me again, or I just snap out of it by deciding that one of my sketches is actually pretty good and should be converted into a  finished product.
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« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2005, 10:43:41 am »
Generally I just do what you're contemplating right now. I take a indefinite break from art, and have a period of observing and taking in a lot of things. Just let your tanks refill until you can't keep yourself away from the paper.

I try not to treat it as something I have to do so much of at a time just because I consider myself an artist. I use it to release emotions, experiences, and ideas when I need to.

An art block isn't a bad thing per-se, and you shouldn't feel inadequate when it comes upon you. Just a part of the phoenix-like life cycle of an artist. Time off from art really does good
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« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2005, 02:50:21 pm »
Been there, and it's a hard feeling.  The fire you once had just isn't keeping you warm anymore.  I even felt guilty when it happened to me because drawing was something I was supposed to love, yet I wasn't feeling it.  So what did I do?

I stopped.  At least for a little while.  I did things to jumpstart the senses--took walks outside, went to movies, played video games with friends, writing--whatever got my brain to do something.  After a while the desire came back, but unfortunately I was in a job that sucked all creativity out of me for two and a half years.  When I finally quit that place I was very ready to take on the title as "illustrator" once again.  It took me a while to get back on track, and I feel that I'm still behind in some things, but that's what time and patience are for.
 Take this time to relax and have fun, and don't force yourself to get back.  Let it happened on its own.
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« Reply #11 on: June 24, 2005, 06:37:51 pm »
Since I'm sort of feeling that way myself right now, I was astonished to see this topic, like it read my mind! Sometimes a break will help me, other times, I try to draw something completely weird and different. Try a new medium? A new style?
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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2005, 07:04:23 pm »
When I get like that, people tell me it's an art block. I've found that trying to push it doesn't help. Just relax and don't worry about it unless you want to right now.
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« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2005, 09:46:09 am »
Well, I'm actually happy to see that I'm not theonly one who feels like this.  Thanks guys.  '<img'>
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« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2005, 08:24:13 am »
i've been on a perpetual burnout for 5 years.  even the daily surfing isn't helping anymore.  my brain's been dead.

and taking a break doesn't work.  several of my acquantinces have burned out.  nothing unusual.  i suspect, tho, that those 0of us who HAVE burned out won't get our groove back till we hit fifty

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« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2005, 09:33:22 am »
I've been that way lately, mostly due to stress (in the last month I moved and got a job). It's mostly lack of creative motivation combined with feeling like nothing I draw is any good or meets my standards. I'm a perfectionist and I beat myself up over everything, so that doesn't help. But I guess it counts as boredom during those times I make random sketches just for the sake of drawing, even though I either stop because I'm bored or realize that nothing good is coming out of it at all. Artblocks suck '<img'>

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« Reply #16 on: July 01, 2005, 02:45:39 am »
hmm i just got over an art block. I find that if I'm drawing one thing,say humans or elves, I'll switch to something like furries or dragons. Also i find that switching complete styles and genres is a good way to get over it. Doing abstract things helps stimulate the mind also. Hmmm.... Also if you like to watch cartoons or anime or read manga or comic books, somtimes they have little creatures in them that don't have arm's or legs but are cute. I find drawing renditions of those and new members of that 'species' is a good way to get over artist block. Well I hope i helped. Also books that show anatomy are good for getting over artist block sometimes. And don't forget reading. That is a great way to get over artist block because you sometimes could read somthing and be like "Omg I just have to draw that." Okay I hope I've helped, good luck with getting over the artist block. Somtimes they can be hard but I'm sure you'll get over it. ^.^