The struggle is real for artists that are stuck in a rut and have difficulties becoming inspired. I’ve definitely been in this situation several times, where you just don’t feel motivated to paint / draw / or create. What drives you to be motivated, or to become inspired? Is it sitting alone in a quite room allowing yourself to meditate and clear your mind? Perhaps a stroll at the park or downtown help the creative juices to flow.
For me, I find that I create my most interesting pieces when I’m not overthinking every little detail. I allow my hands to do the work, and my mind just goes for a ride, completely in awe as to what my hands are drawing / painting / creating.
Of course, there are those types of projects that require a bit more preparation. For example creating videos, detailed art portraits, creating a fashion line, where you need to find inspiration by doing some form of research on certain subjects. Luckily in today’s world, there’s a plethora of ways to get inspired and acquire valuable content. By researching specific topics you are able to find different ways that other artists out there have approached this particular topic. Who knows, perhaps through your research you find that your idea and creative vision is completely new to the world.
This is all fine and dandy, but what if you don’t know what to research, or you don’t have a creative vision yet. I like to go through my Instagram feed and see what the creative community is doing. This always helps me get inspired because you just get bombarded with so many different art styles, techniques, and different ways of viewing the world.
I know I’ve mentioned this in previous posts, however, sometimes your technique can have different results depending on the art tools that you are using. Try exploring different tools and take some time just to play and have fun with the medium that you are using. For example, for the longest time I was using just the standard paint brushes, but just recently I switched to a watercolor pen brush and I absolutely love the results. So far this new brush set that I have allowed me to explore, play, and have fun with both watercolors and acrylic paints. If you are interested in this brush set that I am using, click on the brush set image below to view the items through Amazon.
All in all, there’s no one-size fits all in ways to get inspired, but there are plenty of ways to keep yourself motivated and get you out of your artistic comfort zone. When you try something different, it usually leads to new ideas, experiences, goals, and creative vision.
Let me know in the comments how you guys find inspiration.