This is a constant issue for most artist and aspiring artists and illustrators and one I’m very familiar with. Sometimes we just don’t feel creative so what can we do? I suggest some small ideas that can really help you feel more creative and could help you get back into an art habit if you have lost all your motivation.
There have been times in my life when I haven’t created any artwork and there have been times when I have not even felt like creating anything. These times have usually been times when I’ve had some stressful event, felt too tired or too busy with other things in my life. These times come and go, and it is very normal for most of us to have times when picking up a pencil or paintbrush is the last thing, we feel like doing.
What I have found helpful is to be creative in small ways, here are some ideas that help me when the thought of creating is too much:
I have always taken photographs and often they provide much of the source inspiration for my drawing and painting. Taking photographs is a way of keeping my artistic eye active and recording the world around me in a low effort way.
Sometimes I don’t know what to draw and the blank page is overwhelming, so I start by making some marks, sometimes it is just for the sake of moving the pencil or paint around. It is surprising how these doddle marks can lead to ideas and generally make me feel more creative.
These days my scrapbook has been replaced by Pinterest, but scrapbooking is a good way to gather inspiration when you don’t feel like creating anything. I collect objects and imagery that interests me, it is a good way of recording the world around me.
What do you do when you don’t feel creative? Share your ideas below…