: Having hard time coming up with something to draw :c

03-15-2016, 04:11 PM
Ever since I returned to art, I've been having really hard time coming up with something to draw. I often have a burning feeling to draw, but whenever I start to draw my head is completely blank of ideas. I tried asking my friends (who also draw) for help, but they were unable to help me. What can I do to improve my imagination, get inspired, etc. to get something to draw?

03-15-2016, 06:31 PM
welcome to the boards IRQ
what made you stop drawing ?

Susan Mulno
03-15-2016, 08:46 PM
Welcome to the forum!

I took 30 years off from drawing. You can imagine when I started again I was not overflowing with ideas. I just started practicing, doing art exercises and drawing everything around me. It comes back!

03-16-2016, 10:40 AM
what made you stop drawing ?

I don't remember. It was several years ago :/

03-16-2016, 11:30 AM
What can I do to improve my imagination, get inspired, etc. to get something to draw?

What else are you passionate about? Draw that. I love classic rock and roll, and have created photos of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and the Beatles. I also love Boomer culture, and have created portraits of TV and movie stars. I love history, I've researched and drawn many vanished structures from my home town.

What I have a hard time doing is drawing still lifes, you know, flowers in vases. ;-)

Jake Wittrock Artist
03-16-2016, 12:05 PM

My name is Jake Wittrock and I am a contemporary painter in Chicago.

Drawing can seem like an exhausting and tedious task at times, especially when you aren't sure what to draw. It certainly does not come back like riding a bike does. When you take a break from drawing, important connections between your brain and your hand weaken. Therefore, when it comes to art-making it is important to develop your creative hustle muscle! There are many tips to becoming a stronger drawer, but the following 3 are MANDATORY if you want to improve your skill.

1) Buy a sketchbook - Not just one sketch book, Buy an abundance of different shapes, papers and sizes so that you are encouraged to take them with you ANYWHERE (especially cheap and disposable newsprint). Make sure you always have a drawing utensil handy and as you see visually interesting things 'sketch them'. Treat your sketchbook like a diary or like a notebook that you can look to later for inspiration. Sidenote: WRITTEN WORDS IS DRAWING TOO!

2) Draw DAILY - Your sketchbook, like a journal should be drawn in every day! To truly nurture your talent, it is important to dedicate time and effort into practicing. Without sketchbooks, we have no way of recording the ideas we have when we don't have the time to draw them. Save those ideas for later, by keeping sketchbooks.

3) Start with observation - Start practicing drawing from observation ONLY. Every drawing class I have ever taken begins with observational drawing. As a warm up, use figure or still lives (the figures do not have to be nude and the still life does not need to be created by you, the drawer). When you draw from observation you actually convert 3D into 2D. When you practice drawing by copying from two dimensional images you are simply transferring 2D to 2D. You would be much better off selecting a simple object in your room to draw. Try drawing that object quickly many times on cheap paper (maybe 30-60 seconds each) and slowly work your way to drawing that same object for an extended time. (maybe 1-2 hours)

I could go on and on about this, but to read more simply subscribe to my new blog I will be providing many links and advise. Hope I helped, happy drawing.

03-17-2016, 10:59 AM
IRQ , I get online and look at stuff, whether it is art, drawings, sketches, paintings, just anything that might kick start my creativity.

03-17-2016, 01:24 PM
I get online and look at stuff, whether it is art, drawings, sketches, paintings, just anything that might kick start my creativity.

You don't even know how many times i have tried that :c
Sometimes when I see some art that I like, I might give it a try, but most of the time give up because I can't produce satisfying results :/

03-18-2016, 11:42 AM
Dont Give up IRQ :vs_no_no_no:

Have you uploaded any of your paintings??

03-18-2016, 01:46 PM
Dont Give up IRQ :vs_no_no_no:

Have you uploaded any of your paintings??

I have some stuff on my dA:

Most of the stuff is either many years old, or drawn because I had to. Only very few pictures are actually drawn purely from inspiration.

03-18-2016, 06:06 PM
Just pull out a sketchbook and start doodling...or if you usually draw with a computer, doodle there. You have to start somewhere!! :smile:

Susan Mulno
03-18-2016, 09:59 PM
It sounds to me like you are trying to pull pieces of art from the top of your head. It is extremely difficult to draw without reference photos or views for anyone new to art , or returning after an hiatus. If I am correct in my assumption, you are setting yourself up for failure.

03-19-2016, 11:28 AM
Susan Mulno has it spot on!! Get online...look at books...join Pinterest...or Instagram...Google search

There are so many different ways to get reference pics now. I am currently in a slump, and I just scour Instagram and Pinterest and eventually something clicks. :biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

03-19-2016, 05:35 PM
Great info Jake.. You're not from State Farm are you? (chuckles)


03-19-2016, 08:02 PM
for digital art - i watch timelapse videos of awesome artists. this usually inspires me to practise more. i also have alot of works in progress so i could work on something old.. maybe fix or even finish it. also a thing i tend to do is study some art or study other peoples workflow and progress. that way i dont get too rusty when i dont feel like doing artworks for a few weeks.

lastly a thing i slack alot on but at least do it from time to time is practising drawing fundamentals. like literally just lines, circles, squares and such. http://drawabox.com/ has a great set of daily routines and they really help even though i still dont get myself doing these as often as i should ^^