HOW TO GET OUT OF A CREATIVE BLOCK
Creating is not just a job for me, it's my lifestyle. I illustrate even when there's not a specific project that I'm working on at the moment. However, I sometimes experience creative blocks where I just can't get the ideas out of my head. Over the years, I've developed a few ways to get out of a creative block especially when I'm feeling uninspired. Here are a few ways I keep the ball rolling and knock my creative juices back into gear.
1. GET AWAY FROM THE COMPUTER!
Listen! The computer/phone is the easiest way to get distracted and stuck. There are emails, social media, PINTEREST, videos, etc. Every time I feel stuck I realize that I've probably been browsing the internet too long. It's also such a repetitive movement of the fingers scrolling or typing, so it stiffens up our muscles. Just take about 30 minutes or an hour if you can to shut the computer off. Your eyes, brain, and your hands will thank you.
2. GO FOR A WALK
Just go for a walk to change up the scenery. Anytime I walk around my neighborhood or a park, I find inspiration with the most unexpected things. It also gives you a chance to get some fresh air and recharge yourself before you get back to your work. After I read the book "The Artists Way" by Julia Cameron, I go for a walk every time I feel uninspired.
"I find that if you walk, you start to integrate what has occurred to you from the other tools. You might walk out with a problem, but as you walk, you come into a solution. You just get a different perspective. You go out for a walk, maybe see a cat in a window box, and suddenly hear yourself saying “Oh, I could try X.” Walking is very powerful." -Julia Cameron
3. LISTEN TO MUSIC
I love to listen to music while I'm illustrating or designing. But it's not just any music. I imagine myself illustrating in front of an audience, and I think about the type of music that would accompany my art. I really set the scene in my head, including the venue, the people, everything. Then I turn on the music that would play as I'm painting in front of this audience. I love to paint to artists like Lianne La Havas, The Roots, Sade, Fela Kuti, and Emily King. I feel like it fits my dreamy yet vibrant watercolor aesthetics. Try it!
4. DRAW SOMETHING BIG
An art teacher once told me that drawing is like ice skating. You need to learn how to glide your pencil across the paper and basically loosen up. It's so true. I like to take a large sheet of paper and just draw big circles moving my arm and my wrist to loosen up. This really loosens up your muscles and gives your the opportunity to create something spontaneous and quick outside of your work.
I hope these steps will help you to stay inspired and get out of a creative block. Let me know any tricks that you've tried to keep your creative juices flowing.