Art...and things.
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Yes, after a few months, it's time to clear out the journal.  Topic of discussion?  What inspires you to create art?  Have you ever had a dry spell?  What got you out of it?  Are dry spells bad, or a useful part of the process?


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EmmatheEchidna's avatar
wow... I are be commenting on this real late... but better late than never! XDDD

anyway... stuff that inspires me? music. and video games. lol, hentai too. >///////>;; yeah. those things are what most of my ideas come from. :3

and yes, I have had dry spells... a lot recently... sheesh, ever since May last year, really. I didn't draw much over the summer... finally started drawing a bit when school started again... but then got really depressed and started not drawing so much. after finally stopping going to school, I've been loads happier, therefore, feeling like drawing more. I haven't drawn much, really... some Katamari fanart and just doodling, really. and this ecchi pic I drew one day when I was bored... XD;;; I've had tons of ideas and things, I'm just lazy. XDD so it's slowly going away, but somewhat still there. or at least, that's how it feels. but I find music to be very inspirational. a j-pop[pico-pop] group I like, YMCK, just released a new album and the song Starlight has given me some interesting ideas for different things... ha ha, I should give you some of the music I really find inspiring. :3

what gets me out of a dry spell? hmm. usually, it just takes time. but my Katamari obsession ish what's been pulling me out of this latest thing, here... which ish good, I don't draw nearly enough... ha ha, I just need to not be lazy. but it's hard sometimes. XD;; D:

hmm, I don't see dry spells as a bad thing necessarily... they're annoying, but I do think they're just part of the process, yeah. :3
amarand's avatar
amarandHobbyist Photographer
I think, for me, my heart obsession is helping me out. And certainly, "better late than never" and you're not really late! Plus you're input is so insightful! I can't wait to see (scan?) more of your art. :)
EmmatheEchidna's avatar
yay. <3 hearts are awesome. >w<

ha ha... well, the journal was written a while back, but I just wanted to leave a comment. (:

oh, yeah... hmm. I don't have too much. and I can't remember your address anymore... XD;; D: note me it? o3o
amarand's avatar
amarandHobbyist Photographer
I still have that GIR treat for you too! :)
EmmatheEchidna's avatar
ooh. ha ha, awesome. (:
tajniwolf's avatar
tajniwolfHobbyist General Artist
Wow.. hard question to answer.

SO MANY different things inspire me to do art. Often times, I get random inspiration either from a conversation or something I see/hear someplace.

Music is quite inspiring as well. As of late, I've drawn a lot of inspiration from my favorite movie soundtracks.. Constantine, Batman Begins, Chronicles of Riddick, 300, etc.
Admittedly, most of my latest artwork hasn't and probably WON'T make it onto DA.. -_-;

But something that definitely inspires me every time it happens is when I get down in the dumps. I actually do my best artwork when I'm depressed.

Wierd.

Dry spells suck. I haven't found any way of getting out of them except time.

What's inspiring to you?

-TW
cubecrazy2's avatar
cubecrazy2Professional Digital Artist
I found there are certain things that put me in that creative mood. Music is one, usually caffeine, and the best one, taking a shower. Water is a good conductor of creativity. Just stand there with your eyes close and let the images pop into your head. :giggle: It sounds weird, but some of my favorite ideas come from the shower.

I guess, all you need to do is figure out what puts you in your creative zone.

Best of luck, and like someone said before, these ruts are temporary. It'll be back.
amarand's avatar
amarandHobbyist Photographer
I'm loving that shower idea, thank you!! :)
Dayanyan's avatar
My boyfriend inspires me :giggle:
amarand's avatar
amarandHobbyist Photographer
Sweet! :)
Dayanyan's avatar
Yes... <3

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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Hooray! :hug:
FelixKilldeer's avatar
Dry spells happen... I usually ignore them, and keep drawing. Then burn the proceeds. Eventually, they go away :)

They say that you must draw/write/photograph/sculpt/etc. 1000 pieces of really bad art before you get one good one, but I disagree. You need to do good stuff while you can, and then suffer through the bad stuff.
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Hmm...yes, I think the big secret is to be there when the good pieces happen. You're certainly more likely to make a good piece if you're in the middle of working on something, than if you're sitting on the couch eating and watching TV. Thanks for the insight! :)
FelixKilldeer's avatar
Indeed.
It's kind of like playing a fighting game... Sometimes you do really well all of a sudden, and the trick is to be playing when it happens :)
ClickClickBangUK's avatar
ClickClickBangUKProfessional Photographer
i procrastinate. i have tons of ideas, but i just never get round to them. i should do tons in the next two weeks before i start my new job ;)
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Hey, good morning, or is it afternoon? I get so confused with timezones. I guess it's afternoon there. Procrastinate, eh? Yeah...totally know the feeling. I don't procrastinate as much, though, when I feel inspired. :)
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ClickClickBangUKProfessional Photographer
justabout afternoon ;) i am making a mental plan to do at least 6 photoshoots in my 2 weeks off :nod: some self portraits, some water droplets, a couple of models and finally get all the ideas in my head into my camera :giggle:
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Loving water droplet fun! :heart:
beyondweird's avatar
I get dry blocks - usually when I'm happy, if I'm honest - its a lot easier to be creative when you're moody, apparently.

I find that just forcing yourself to create something seems to help. It may be utter rubbish at first, but it will lead on to better things. And no-one has to see the utter rubbish that was the starting point :)

I either do that or find something I know will have an effect on me emotionally - like, a film I always cry at, or a piece of writing that I know inspires me.

It won't last long I'm sure, good luck with it :)
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Sweet, thank you! :)
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serealisProfessional Interface Designer
hey hey hey ^_^ good to see you updating a bit here!

i'm always eager to offer my experience with art, be it tips, support or background... i suppose this qualifies as the latter:

• What inspires you to create art?
beauty–often in nature; a really great illustration or design; an interesting idea or thought tangent; it can be as random as the way a hair is curled up on my hair pick after doing my hair in the morning, though.
i find music keeps me in the zone. i find a genre/band that's really doing it for me and tend to stick with it until i'm just sick of it. hehe.

• Have you ever had a dry spell?
that's a big YEAH.

• What got you out of it?
depends on the situation. sometimes it just comes back to me, sometimes i force myself to do something (usually a vector illustration or doodling at the laundromat), sometimes i have to do something at work that brings back the spark etc.
as always, i love t3h music, it helps me; sometimes it helps to be moody for some reason, brooding artist?

• Are dry spells bad, or a useful part of the process?
i'd say quite useful. i get bored with drawing -- i go off on crocheting or book binding etc. for a while; keeps me going through the other mediums i have available to me (and occasionally trying something new). if all i did was draw (which, amusingly, most people think that's all i do...) i'd grow immensely bored with it, losing interest in subject matter, frustrated with reference pictures after some amount of time etc.

hopefully that gives some useful insight.
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amarandHobbyist Photographer
Wow, very helpful! I'll come back and re-read this again after I've tried a few things. :)
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