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How do you get in the mood
« on: December 04, 2005, 03:50:03 pm »
For some creating art seems almost compulsive, but it isn't like that for everyone. Oftentimes I want to do more with art, but often either can't get quite in the mood for it, or elsewise don't practice near as much as I should. Often what sets me back more than anything else is the fact that I can't quite find a place where I feal comfortable drawing. You can be the greatest artist in the world, and if you try to draw all hunched over in poor light in an uncomfortable chair in the midst of constant distractions all you will ever produce is endless scribbles (at least it is like that for me). Likewise, I've always noticed that setting up a specific area for doing a ceartain specific task often results in 1)doing said task much more often and 2) getting better at it. For example if you have a keyboard stored in a cluttered closet you will never practice (by will power alone you might practice some at first, but the struggle to practice eventually becomes too burdensome, you learn to hate it, practice becomes a chore, and all practice eventually stops), but if you put it on a stand with a comfortable chair in front you will often practice playing it even if it isn't per-to say what you want to do. The fact that it is convenient to practice often means that you will wind up doing so without really thinking about it. At least it works that way for me. The thing is I'm not really sure how to set myself up like that with art. I'm not sure how to set the mood for creating art, how to set up a spot where creating art is relativly convenient. I know I had a place like that once. I used to spend the night at my uncles house every weekend when I was youngue. The house he stayed at had a nice table with a nice setting that seemed to just naturally lend it's self to creating artwork. Consequently, we always drew a lot, and we eventually created a gigantic card game (well over 1,500 cards) where our drawings would fight eleborate wars and such (the spot was also an ideal place for board games and card games, so we sort of combined the two). However, I can't quite seem to recreate this effect. I mean, I've set myself up a good spot to do other things. I've set up a room where it's convenient to work on a computer, and consequently have been doing quite a lot along the lines of wrighting code and creating game sprites (mostly furry game sprites; at least I've got that much). Likewise our lath is set up where it is convenient to use, and it's fairly convenient to practice guitar. The thing is I just can't quite get it right when I try to set myself up a spot for artwork. Largly I don't quite know what exactly makes up a spot which is ideal for artwork. I'm not sure how to go about setting the mood such that I will feal at ease drawing and such. I know that such a place can exist, obviously, as my uncle's house he used to live in just happened to naturally be that way. Just trying to force myserlf to draw yields only frustration, largly because I'm always uncomfortable, feal awkward, ect. It's really hard to do anything creative if you don't feal at ease in the place in which you are working, or at least it is for me .So, then, in what kind of environment do you best function when creating art. How do you personally create an atmosphere in which to do your art-work. How is your "studio" if you will (even if that's just a table or desk or whatnot) set up? What constitutes a "good" spot for you to do art? What sets you in the right mood? ect.



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« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2005, 04:44:12 pm »
Hi.
Perhaps your uncle inspired you somewhat. Sounds like
he was a artist. Having someone to share your work with
helps a lot. I can say that from experience.

Course a comforable place to work with good lighting is
a good idea. But I have found when inspired I could draw
sitting in a doctors office entertaining kids with cartoons under poor light about as well as anywhere.

But that was in the past. My eyesight limits me pretty much to
CG artwork anymore. So a computer with a tablet is my game.

As far as getting in the mood. Some find music. Some find sitting in the park, reading a good book. Or just looking at other artwork works. I am always thinking about things or
have ideas for a drawing. But to get out of a rut. Sometimes doing a exchange with another artist helps. I know it's made a difference with me.

Hope I have helped you a little..
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2005, 09:22:38 pm »
For me, it's a hit or miss thing. A lot of things have to come together to make it a good arting session. Right drive (and idea), good music, comfortable setting (I find the comfy chair in front of my computer to be perfect) and few, if any, distractions.
Oh... and for me, I have to be in a fairly laidback mood, which hasn't happened recently given a lot of other things that have to be done.

I agree that doing a trade or a request can help jumpstart your brain back into art mode.

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« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2005, 11:42:07 pm »
I love to draw, but getting in the mood for it is hard for me (sadly, I used to be in a drawing mood 24/7. What happend??)  Music helps me.  I like to listen to music with a dark mood, but when I was in HS, suprisingly, listing to rap/ R&B seemed to help, and I dont even like that kind of music. ':shock:'   Once I get started drawing somthing, its hard to get me away from it.....but getting started is the hard part for me... Often I'm more creative when I'm in a depressed mood, or when I've been drinking a little.....

Suprisingly, I get work done when I'm 'assigned' it.  I somtimes get a freind to "tell me to do a pic for them, and give me a reasonalble deadline... If I think I have a deadline to meet, I can draw with no problem"

What can I say, I'm a little weird.
And feel free to 'assign' me a pic if you want to.  It helps if youre specific about what you want, but somtimes I change things anyway...If you do decide to do it, keep in mind, it takes me about 5 or 6 days to finish a pic without a background, and 7 or 8 for a pic with a background... I still do it the old fashioned way with pencils and paper '<img'>

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« Reply #4 on: January 02, 2006, 04:27:19 pm »
Well, I'm actually finally starting to get results. An awkward corner in the bedroom which had been previously filled with mainly unused dressers and such has been cleared out and turned into sort-of a work area/table space. This wasn't neccesarily strictly for my art, but it does seem that furry art is the main thing I do there. I put up some of the art I had bought at the Texas Furry Convention up on the wall above the table, put all my art stuff there, and it all seems to be helping. Just having a convenient spot to work has caused an almost immediat leap forwards in terms of the quality of my work. I still have things to work on improving like getting proportions right and creating fur textures with colored pencils, but at least I'm getting somewhere. I also got a cd player for Christmas which lets me play music that helps me get into the proper state of mind (mainly stuff by Clannad, who mix Celtic music with other styles producing a rather meditative and majestic feal of music).
Anyway, I would put up examples of how my art is turning out now with a decent work area v.s. how they would come out before, but so far I've only done a couple of yiff pieces and I don't have anywhere to host adult art at the moment. My Furtopia site...there are technical difficulties which don't seem able to be solved. My password was lost, and dosn't show up when the administrator/mods look for it, which is strange, but I suppose I'm getting off topic.
Once I finish the pic I'm working on I'll do something non-yiff related, but that would probably be put on a different thread anyway.
I might consider doing an art trade or take a request or whatnot, but I'll have to think about that. I have lots to do just bringing my art skills up to par now that I have a decent spot to work in conducive to getting in the right mood. Still, it wouldn't hurt. Well, we'll see.

But anyway, thanks for the responses.




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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2006, 07:04:41 pm »
Me personally, I'm always itching to create, whether it's for myself or for a client, but I sure can concur with Old Rabbit.  You need a comfortable spot to work in.  I have yet to move my drawing table from my old home to my new one.  I have to draw hunched over a coffee table sitting on a sofa.  Sometimes I dread giving into the art muse, and the lack of a comfortable space made me very unproductive in 2005.



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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2006, 07:22:58 pm »
For some reason I have no definite way of getting in the mood to draw. Currently though it seems to come and go on a whimsy in class after I get my homework done. I often switch between genres. I go between Furries and humans/elves a lot (although for my, hopefully soon to be, webcomic I am trying to design all the races from animals. I.E. elves from bats, orcs from komodo dragons, what takes the place of humans coems from bunnies  '<img'>  )
For some reason I am also currently in the come and go on a whimsy and also if I start something on paper while i'm not paying attention to what my hand is doing I'll try to improve on it and bun myself out by anywhere ranging from that night to a week later.