As an artist, you are no stranger to the dreaded "art block". It happens to the best of us and it often occurs when you least expect it.
I've had bouts with it that have lasted a couple of months at the most and it leaves me feeling very unfulfilled and anxious.
I have a bad habit of thinking of things while I'm laying down waiting to fall asleep. Sometimes I also get ideas while I'm driving, and of course, I get them while I'm in the shower. Its always "Oh, this idea is too good to forget, I'll write it down when I'm done" and I can't even begin to count how many ideas I've forgotten because I didn't take note of them in the moment.
I also find myself getting the strongest urge to draw when I'm deciding it's time to call it a night. I work overnight at my job, so most of the time, I'm awake when the sun rises. I think that's probably my favorite part of the day.
I like the serenity that it brings; birds chirping, the smell of coffee, and the light glow from the day's beginning. Its a time where I feel alone but it isn't terrifying in the least.
I probably take more breaks than I should while I'm working on something (whether its schoolwork or personal work) but I don't think its too detrimental to my process. Sometimes my thoughts will get too muddied up while working - maybe I'll think of an idea for another piece, another technique I could try, googling techniques or pictures for inspiration... my mind is constantly racing!
I also get a lot of joy out of posting work-in-progress pictures online. I love to see other artists do it and I love the behind-the-scenes sneak peek feel it has. There are times when I look at an artist's finished project and it completely blows my mind that the piece was in fact a process. Colors and lines can look so flawless to me that I feel as if it simply came as a printed image on the paper. WIP shots help quell my thoughts and reminds me to take things one step at a time.
A great way to clear your mind from art block is to take a break. Take a nice bath, watch a movie, play a game, go for a walk... just do something to take your mind off of the problem at hand. Sometimes doing these other things can also inspire you! I really suggest watching the movie "Sophie's Revenge" if you're in an art bind!
Taking a trip is not the easiest thing to do but that can help the most. It doesn't even have to be on a plane or anything, take a drive without a map, ride your bike down streets you always pass by but never turn onto... just give your eyes and your brain new images to process. Its just like not wanting to eat the same thing every day, stimulate your brain and your eyeballs!
You can always try to push through the block, but it might end up leaving you more frustrated than you were to begin with. Sometimes your hands just don't agree with what your brain is telling them to and that's okay! I have no advice for pushing through it because once I hit the point where I can smell the burn of my eraser and I'm crumpling up paper after paper, I realize that I won't be getting anywhere.
Something as simple as just cleaning up your work area can help - just do something, anything else!
Anyone that thinks being an artist is easy is sadly mistaken, we just make it look that way!
Thursday, March 27, 2014
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
My first Instagram giveaway!
I haven't decided on an end date yet but the rules are simple:
- You must be following me on Instagram (iwantyoursoda)
- You can enter as many times as you want using the hashtag #SodaGirlGiveaway ONLY on Instagram
- The giveaway is open to both the US and International!
~What's in this giveaway?~
March 2014 issue of KERA, official Kyary Pamyu Pamyu sticker, official Harajuku Kawaii sticker, cute holographic stickers (animals and food), 3-D food stickers, cute bear notepad, cute pens, eyelashes, mascara, nail deco, face masks (green tea, honey, strawberry), multicolor socks, character erasers, eyeball bows, bread bear phone charm, and my Sailor Moon cyclops stickers!!
Click on to see more pictures/details of what's included in this giveaway!
Friday, March 7, 2014
Throughout the week I work overnight at a call center and there's a lot of down time so I have to bring things to keep myself occupied. I'm not a huge fan of watching TV or anything on my phone because I don't carry my charger around and I just feel really uncomfortable with such a small screen.
My necessities are definitely my pencils and sketchbook. I usually bring an issue of KERA or FRUiTs with me if I'm lacking inspiration, currently I'm all about these issues of 原宿女子～原J I picked up while in San Francisco! If magazines don't do it for me, then I just browse tumblr for a little bit.
I've never been too much of a tote bag person but I need to accept that there are times when my tiny handbangs won't do haha.
I always carry a bunch of lipsticks with me because even though I've already decided what I want to wear for the day, who knows if I'm going to change my mind later?
If it wasn't apparent, I really love chocolate theme things. I like to keep my pencils and all my pens/sharpies separate. Not pictured here is also a small box of Prismacolor pencils that was gifted to me!
Last but not least, a cute compact!
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Beret: Cool's Clothing Store (Brand is Queen Bee)
Bee brooch: Sam Moon
Sweatshirt: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Cotton On
I'm really glad I bought this scarf. Its really thin so I don't get too hot wearing it compared to my knitted ones, and its also really long!
Scarf & sweater: Forever21
Mary Janes: Doc Martens
I really don't care for cold weather too much. My wardrobe is full of skirts, dresses and 20 denier tights. We don't get much of a winter here in Texas, but when it gets cold I bundle up. When I'm cold my whole body tenses up and I'm constantly clenching my teeth and everything is just tight, haha!
Coat: Plato's Closet
Top: Wet Seal
Skirt: Cotton On
I bought these rhinestone tights off of ebay for a lolita coord. I bought them in dark blue and black, one with (probably) 20 denier and then... whatever this one is. I really like the opaque ones, I can tug and pull on 'em and I haven't had a rip yet! I don't have any "good" pictures wearing the thinner tights but the second I tried on the black pair, I got a rip in them from pulling them up! The fact that these rhinestones are on them doesn't help with that either.
I successfully wore the thin dark blue pair but I had to be very very careful when putting them on and taking them off!