How do you deal with being uninspired? I get these points where I really want to create something but I can't think of an original idea. I look at other people's work and think I have something, but realize it is just a form of their work. Any tips?
This happens to me so often, it’s incredibly frustrating. When you’re looking at other people’s work for inspiration, instead of trying to mimic their style, try to pick one element you like and experiment with it until you’ve turned it into something that’s yours. Also, I also have a folder of images I’ve collected from the internet that I draw from when I’m uninspired, so I have something to work on even when I can’t come up with anything. If all else fails, take a break from it for a few days and just observe the world around you. Think about people and nature and listen to music and let yourself feel. You’ll be surprised where inspiration can come from!
Okay update hi so I’ve been feeling not great lately (mentally and physically, bleh) and my work flow has been suffering the consequences, but I am still planning on doing that video I mentioned before (like a month ago wow, I suck). Anyways I haven’t forgotten about it and this post is mainly serving as a reminder to myself to get some damn work done once in a while. That’s all. This has been a post.
Guys I got into MECA today and they gave me their presidential scholarship, I’m like so happy I can’t even formulate a proper sentence oh my god like there is a damn good chance that Portland will be my new home in 8 months and literally it’s the only place I’ve ever been where I’ve felt a sense of belonging, I cannot express how unbelievably excited I am right now 🎉😊🎊
I’ve done some in the past! But I’ve been thinking about doing another one, since the last one I did was over a year ago. I guess if anyone is actually interested I can do a new one over christmas break. I dunno, guys send me your thoughts on this!
I watched your video on drawing hair and it's absolutely fantastic. I struggle a lot with creating images out of my head. I make original art, but I make it by setting up and taking photos which I then use as references to draw or paint. Any tips on drawing faces that make it a little easier to branch out from drawing what's right in front of me? I feel like I always have a million images in my head, but I can never get them onto paper.
Hey, there’s nothing wrong with using reference materials! Sometimes it’s necessary, every artist has done it at some point. As far as drawing from your mind, start writing your ideas down as soon as you think of them. Then when you go about drawing it, start by like scribbling out the general shapes and then go back and refine the details once you know where everything belongs. It almost never works out if you try to go straight into drawing the final lines. If you’re trying to put some variety into your faces, think about each part as a completely separate, individual component. Then pay close attention to the way you could change the shape of that particular piece. For example, look at just the nose and make it wider or thinner. Even if you’re using a photo reference, you can still change things up while you’re transferring the image from a photo to your paper. Really the only way you’re going to see any improvement is if you constantly practice and experiment! Good luck! c:
I feel like you draw what's in my head. I consider myself an artist (or at least trying to bloom into one) but my pieces always end up kind of ordinary. You've made some kind of magic that's visible in every work. I envy that
That’s such a huge complement, you have no idea. Thank you so much, dear. But don’t say your work is ordinary! Look for things that are unique to your art, pull those out, and develop them further. Make your own magic happen, that’s what art is all about! c:
you should do a self portrait and include all the things that make up who you are
It’s literally been years since I’ve done a proper self portrait. But I don’t really know how I feel about drawing myself in detail cause I’m not exactly a huge fan of my face. I’ll give it some thought though, thanks for the suggestion c:
Your art is one of the best I have ever see! You are so young and talented, I'd love to be half as good as you are. Really thank you for your beautiful creations, you are very inspiring! (Sorry for the potatoe-ish english, not my main language D: )
Honestly, noses are hard as hell at first. Since they aren’t outlined by anything, you have to kind of build the nose out of shadows and highlights, so there usually isn’t any sort of definite line. My advice would be to look at photos of people and focus on drawing all different kinds of noses from different angles. You’ll start to notice trends in how the light hits and which areas are darker/lighter. When you’re drawing pay close attention to exactly where the shadows fall and how they are shaped and try to mimic what you see on paper. The more you do it the easier it gets, trust me. Eventually you’ll be comfortable enough with the basic form rules and you’ll be all set to create your own! I hope this helped, happy nose-drawing! c: