How I Overcome Art Block

Octopus 2017 Mixed-Media on 6″x 4.5″ Watercolor Paper

Wanting to draw, but not knowing what to draw is actually the worst. I’m sitting here, pencil in hand, ready to create a sketch for a new painting, and of course I can’t think of anything. Art block is every artist’s worst nightmare. So here are a few things that I do when I am in need of fresh ideas.

  • Stay up Late

My best ideas come to me during the wee hours of the night. I don’t quite know the science behind it, but I’m pretty sure it has something to do with being tired.

  • Wake up Early

I know exactly what you are thinking, and trust me, waking up early is not actually that bad. My early morning sketches are usually fueled by the previous night’s dreams.

  • Doodles

Break out the old sketchbook and fill up a page with random little doodles.

  • Social Media Inspiration

I could scroll through all of the social medias all day looking at other people’s art. Obviously, don’t copy someone else’s creation. If you see something that catches your eye, use it as inspiration to form your own idea.

  • Visit a Museum

My favorite museum to go to is the National Gallery of Art in D.C. Being surrounded by so much art always fills my mind up with new ideas. (It’s also great because its free!)

I used the wake up early strategy to create this octopus painting. One morning, I actually didn’t hit snooze and woke up the first time my alarm went off. It was great not having to rush in order to make it to school on time. By the time I was ready to go, I had like 20 minutes to spare. I got my sketchbook and started to draw this octopus. I don’t know why, it was just the first thing to come to my mind. Maybe I was having a dream about an octopus but I just couldn’t remember it? Who knows.

This is a mixed media painting. Well, I don’t know if it’s technically a painting but that’s what I’m going to call it. For the background I used Watercolors, and for the octopus, a ink pen and a color pencil. I really love the texture the pencil made on the Watercolor paper.

This painting is for sale! $15 If you’re interested in this piece, head over to my shop page




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