Like all creative people, I experience blocks every now and then. Mostly, I’ve noticed that the blocks usually come between projects – not during – proof that sometimes the best way to get unblocked is to get off your arse and do whatever it is that you are putting off doing.
Now, I know that this is easier said that done, so I’ve put together a simple checklist for finding motivation, and ultimately, inspiration.
- Get moving. Literally. Put on your walking shoes, comfortable clothing, and go for a brisk 1/2 hour walk. Distance from your workplace combined with fresh air is guaranteed to give you a new perspective.
- Resolve to improve on an area of your technique. As a visual artist, I’m always turning to how-to books. Most recently, I’ve been poring over the exercises in Illustrating Fashion by Eunice Sloane. Don’t underestimate the value of the how-to videos on Youtube, either. (A Youtube “How to Dance the Texas Two Step” routine once saved my husband and me from looking like bumbling idiots at a symphony ball.)
- Make time to play. My friend Tom sent me a link to this fun Huz Makeover Designer. Even though the art is more manga-style than what I’m aiming for with my Josephine character, having fun creating and dressing a virtual character has given me some ideas for my next “Josephine.”
- Remember to eat the elephant one bite at a time. Although I sometimes bite off more than I can chew, last night when I sat down to work on an illustration, my only real goal was to create a pencil sketch. I reached that goal and had fun, too!
- Finally, do what you love to do. It has been said…
“Success isn’t the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful.”