How to Deal With Artist’s Block

What is artist’s block? And how do you deal with it?

By Paula Huerta

Have you ever sat in front of a blank page or canvas just staring at it, and not knowing what to create? It’s so frustrating! But it’s not uncommon.

This is called the artist’s block also known as a creative block. And according to author Lee Hammond, this block is “a common dilemma that links all of the creative fields together, and plagues every artist.” 

Art block prevents one from connecting with their creative side resulting in difficulty in creating new artwork.

So how do you deal with it? 

Put down that palette and take a break!

If you are trying to create something non-stop, you will most definitely get tired. This is true for anything you overdo, so taking a break is a great way to rejuvenate yourself and your creativity. 

Remember, putting down the pencil or stepping away from the canvas for a little while won’t affect your ability to draw, and drawing is not the only way to improve as an artist. 

How to GET OUT of an art block:

Here are a few things you can do to find your creativity again: 

  • Redrawing old sketches can help you see how much you have improved. 
  • Doodle something random and go with it; this is fun to do when you’ve been stressing over not being able to make something new. 
  • Watching other artists can help you as well since you can learn new techniques and draw inspiration from them.
  • Listening to your favorite songs can also help you find inspiration. This can come from the lyrics themselves or simply from the relaxation you’ll enjoy while hearing it. 

The outcome: 

Once you have taken a break and maybe practiced your artistic skill, a little lightbulb will turn on and give you an idea. 

Believe it or not, even though they are difficult to endure, these types of blocks help you grow as an artist.  You just have to be patient and find the solution that works for you. In the end, you’ll create something awesome!

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