After such a great week before, this week seemed to fall completely flat if only by comparison.
What changed? For one thing, paper did. I’m out of the velour so I got out some sanded paper. The difference was jarring! The velour needs less pastel to get a good value but it doesn’t budge much once there. The sanded lets you blend for days but takes a LOT of pastel to get to that point. Add to that general life happenings and you have the perfect recipe for…. creative block. (Dun! Dun! Dunnnnnn!) Suddenly felt like everything I created was junk and I started avoiding art.
Avoidance is one way I tackle creative block. In other words, do anything BUT. So I made a pin loom and wove 31 2″ squares out of leftover sock yarn. No really! Helpful in getting distance but not so productive artistically. So next I drew more abstract subjects or anything but faces, like the steampunk bird above. Though that did have a reference believe it or not. I also drew flower petals (peony close up) and a wild rose and lost myself in the shading. That was more productive and helped me get back into the swing of DOing art. It helped me feel a little less guilty that I was neglecting my Patreon page.
Funny enough, was introduced to a new podcast, Sketchbook heroes. Their first episode deals with ways they combat creative block. Seems like I’m not alone in the avoidance scheme. LOL! I always wonder so it is nice to get confirmation. I’ll certainly be listening to more of their podcast. If you do, and you have littles, use headphones. Mild language and adult humor. Nothing too horrid IMHO, but also nothing I’d want to hear from or explain to a pre-teen (or below) mind. YMMV. 😉
Thanks for reading! If you have time, leave me a comment and let me know how you deal with creative block.