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*navelgazes*

If anyone else is visited by this lecherous apparition, do let me know.
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:iconstealthyninja21:
stealthyninja21 Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2012  Student General Artist
..you have just perfectly described artists block/ writers block
..the "lecherous apparition" that visits me almost all the time
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Cal-Paul Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Daily
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:iconlansoh:
Lansoh Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Student Digital Artist
i definitly am D: that monster is relentless
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RebelliousNinja Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love the ninja turtles!!!
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:iconthe-foxheart:
The-Foxheart Featured By Owner Jan 6, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That thing is always visiting, And I can never get it to go away. I'll have all these Ideas but then I just...can't? It's like a stiffness or blockage in the artistic ability or something.
Turning on music for background sound lightens it up a bit though.
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yowassup Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
very rarely for me recently, since i have so little time to actually draw recently. It used to happen ALL THE TIME back when I had time to draw, though.

Nowadays my problem isn't lack of ideas or inspiration or whatever, but that weird stiffness that comes from not drawing enough. That and I can sometimes feel my drawing skill fading away... Oh, and also long hours and days of stewing in tons of ideas with no time to let them out on paper.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Professional
I can't stand the thought of drawing skill actually fading. It's hard enough to keep moving forward let alone worrying about going back.
You should keep a notebook, blast down every idea you have, even in only a scribble, so they're all there as soon as you get the chance.
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:iconyowassup:
yowassup Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It's pretty freaky. I do keep a kind of sketchbook thingy... I find that my "drawing from imagination" skills keep getting better, or at least weirder (perhaps a more and more honest reflection of what is going on "in there"), but my "drawing from looking at real stuff" and "drawing stuff that looks real" skills are kind of fading. So if "drawing the weird whirlwind of the inner psyche" is what "art is all about," then I guess really, I am headed right in the right direction.

I used a lot of quotes here.

I can say that being busy has forced me to focus a lot more when I do get time to draw. If something isn't working out, I just skip it and draw something more fun, because I don't have all day just to draw anymore... so in one sense, my drawings are actually a lot more fun for me, and maybe a little more fun to look at?
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mr-boonshine Featured By Owner May 11, 2010
yes! and it's as big as that thing in your comic! :(
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:iconcontagiouspixie:
ContagiousPixie Featured By Owner May 11, 2010  Professional Photographer
This happens to me all the time!
I feel your pain.
And I am excited that you were able to describe it perfectly!
It happens to me when trying to write poems,
drawing in art and when trying to come up wit new ideas for photographs.
I also love how you drew yourself (if it is you).
It's quite adorable. :aww:
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Professional
Thanks! It's good to hear you can relate.

And yeah that is me (sort of).
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ContagiousPixie Featured By Owner May 16, 2010  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome, it always feels a bit more comforting to know you're not alone.
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SuperNorwayChick Featured By Owner May 10, 2010
its on me.. breathing the air i breathe.. blocking the little drop of creativity from enetring my brain.. its all over me and wont go away.. its all over my body and its been there for 2 years now.. my lack of creativity is only filled with sadness..
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:iconclannkelly:
clannkelly Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009
That is a totally eerily accurate description of writer's block...
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2009  Professional
Thanks. I'm glad you think so.
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:iconvermelho:
Vermelho Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2009   Traditional Artist
Frequently and especially lately.
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:iconmidniteblaze:
midniteBLAZE Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2009
It's been coming to say hi to me every night, and my next project is due in 4 days :(
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2009  Professional
Fight it!
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:iconboojamon:
Boojamon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes oh God so true.
Take your six hours and times them by a year.
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space-in-mind Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
HA ha I love the little details like the thing dripping into the turtles mug on the last panel, very enjoyable and the last phrase is a great one.
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2009  Professional
Thanks so much!
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:iconash-bunny:
ash-bunny Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009   General Artist
I hear ya.
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strawberry-sundae Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
i went to an art focused school for 3 years, and not being able to get anything out on paper really ruined my grades :depressed: ... and even 1 year after that i had these blocks almost all the time. terrible!
you have to work hard to get past it, and in my case it's a matter of trusting oneself. because i have loooow self-esteem and confidence, i don't believe in myself. which is bad!

the feelings really come through in this picture anyway, it's so good! in fact, it's perfect!
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional
That sucks. Yeah, I have appalling self-esteem to be honest, but weirdly when I'm at my lowest is when I do my best stuff because I have something to prove.
I hope you managed to get past those blocks. There are all kinds of ways round, though it's different for everyone I think.

Thanks, I'm glad I got it across well. :)
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haius Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist
I have one of the ALLLLLL the time, except it's with writing too.

Ugh. Surely there must be some way to kill this thing. It's a menace. I've probably sat down literally thousands of times to write or draw, and then felt this monster chomp down on my head. In fact, it's sitting on top of me right now. I want to write - I want to write so bad - and I know what I have to write, but I just... can't. like the ideas can almost get out, but this THING is feeding on them.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional
Yeah, I know what you mean.. obviously.
You should check out Lynda Barry's book, What It Is. It's pretty weird and hard to decipher but it's got a lot of stuff about getting in the right frame of mind to write and how to avoid blocks. She reccommends writing with pen and paper and when you can't think of anything to write move the pen to another pad of paper and just keep it moving, writing random things or even just scribbling round in circles, until your mind gets back on track and you jump straight in.

I think the important thing is to keep going. If you stop and stare, which I do a lot, you just end up further and further away from the inspiration you've lost.
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devine-tentacle Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Student
:D that's fantastic!!! :+fav:
...this is what my brain looks like indeed! :omg:
it's so real!!!
And the only thing that works on me is physical exhaustion.
..not just walks or books,it gets worse;
but when I practically exhaust myself to the point where I lose my breath from dancing,swimming,or sex...that's when everything clears up.
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional
Thanks!

Well, at least then you know how to beat it. Even if it does require physical effort haha. I know what you mean though. I often get screwed over due to not being exhausted enough. I forget to go anywhere and just get swallowed by fatigue.
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Ziggy666120 Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
I know exactly what you are on about, specifically everytime I sit down to do work on my summer project lol
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional
Haha, I'm hoping you've gotten somewhere with that by now.
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Ziggy666120 Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
Well there is some more to it now yeah, but it's more quantity than quality if you get what I mean.It's like boredom takes over everytime I sit down to do some lol.
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Jasika Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Ick, yes! :noes: This was pretty much a constant for me throughout that last semester.
Really like the way you've represented the Brain Blockage, and loving the mug! :clap:

This really is any designer's worst nightmare...
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional
Thank you, yeah that is my favourite mug. :]
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
As fantastic as this comic may be, I have to admit that it doesn't concern me all that much. Because I work in a field in which you have to write a lot of material in very little time, "writer's block" is a luxury I simply can't afford.

Actually, the cure for writer's block or artist's block is very simple. If you can't write, write anyway. If you can't draw, draw. Things will naturally emerge.

Most people think that writer/artist's block is a matter of inspiration, while it really is a matter of judging your ideas too harshly. If you accept your ideas for what they are and go with the flow, you will be able to be constantly creative and won't waste time with nonsense.
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional
Yeah, I have found that that cure does indeed work. I like Lynda Barry's theory of 'just keeping your pen moving' until the inspiration picks up. I've started being a lot looser and scribblier in my sketchbooks, I can do two pages of tedious, awful, laboured drawings, then suddenly do something that sparks me again, then draw on top of and between them all to make them look cool.

This is actually about something a bit more than art block to be fair, a very physical feeling I get that I wanted to try and capture that seems to render me literally useless, probably linked to tiredness and depression also.
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know exactly what you're talking about.
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:iconjasika:
Jasika Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hmm, I've never thought of it that way before :hmm: It makes sense though... Haha damn, why didn't I try this already?!
Great advice! Thanks :)
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The-Mirrorball-Man Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm glad if it helps.
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:iconjasika:
Jasika Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
:nod: Thanks again!
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a8ken Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It never leaves me...
You have put this into words/comic form perfectly.
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional
Thanks man.
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falknir Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009
This is very very cool! I can relate becuase i work in graphic design ..and sometimes you really need to do some work and nothing gives! So..good idea...very deep.

But i also want to say that i really like the drawings in this one. Wonderful style. And you have a Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles cup!!!
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional
Thanks!
Yeah I've never really done the black and white comic thing before, weirdly. And yeah, that is my favourite mug! It's a Donatello one specifically.
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falknir Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009
heheh ..Donatello was my favorite too. Maybe you could draw inspiration from the mug =)
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:iconlupinemagic:
lupinemagic Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009   Traditional Artist
I nurtured, fed and watered that little b**tard for 7 years dude. But im tearing its fingers out, one drawing at a time :)

Im up to 2 now, i think when ive reached 4 i'll rip its thumb out with a kick ass painting, heh heh!
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional
Haha, you will get there I'm positive!
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:iconlupinemagic:
lupinemagic Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
I shall be victorious!
As soon as i get home tonight im starting number 3 if i have to bar my door and down a tonne of redbull to do it!

desperately jealous of the turtles mug...
will be giving the job of finding me one of those to google shortly... heh heh...
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MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2009  Professional
Good luck!

Haha, I've had that for about as long as I can remember. I'll be mortified when it breaks.
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Papposilenos Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2009
it happens.
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:iconmumblingidiot:
MumblingIdiot Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2009  Professional
:nod:
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