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: Finding Inspiration and Influences

11-26-2018, 10:22 PM
I want to share with you some ways I find inspiration when I'm looking for a new subject to draw or have a drawing-block. We've all been here when you don't know what direction to go next or how to improve on your techniques. Here are some of my solutions. Also I would appreciate it if you have some resources please share below.

DRAW ANYTHING! When I'm stuck and find a black page in front of me that I can't fill I just look for the closest object and start drawing, you mind focuses on the task at hand, you automatically get into "drawing mode" your mind starts to wander and the inspiration begins to flow. Now this doesn't work all of the time but it's my first step.

INSTAGRAM! If the first step doesn't work or I just feel like browsing though, I find Instagram a great resource. I prefer looking and instagram galleries or magazines because they have a much larger variety than just following a single artist, both are good I just prefer the first. Here is a page to get you started I have recently started to follow. This is a new page but the creator writes little notes, insights and critiques the work, which I find is lacking on other pages.

YOUTUBE: Sometime you just need a little motivation from an inspirational artist. It's difficult to find quilty artists who have what I want on youtube. I need to feel their passion and become inspired. Here is one that I follow at the moment.

If you found this helpful please let me know and aging if you have any resources please share below.

11-27-2018, 08:18 AM
I just look around the room and draw anything I see. Staring at my desk, there are multiple objects to choose from and I have a phone full of images if nothing in front of me inspires me. I also have a folder on OneDrive named "ToBePainted". Anything that excites me goes in there and I look through it once in a while.

12-05-2018, 07:39 PM
I like to take the bus and draw people.

05-19-2019, 08:58 PM

My thoughts and experiences on creative blocks are to combine with previously done art pieces into something new. It is a self learning process. One time, I used the images I produced and appled them in a 3D format. Producing a second piece (diptych) to add on to the finished one may be another way.

However, sometimes, a creative block means it is time to stop and rest for a while.

I have the same problem in trying to find quality art on utube pages too. I tried to search for art, art gallery, artwalk, art fair... utube just seems to be a odd stage for art may be of its practical nature. Funny you mentioned this, I recently started on mine and do need some comments, please drop by if you have nowhere to go. Thanks.