Anonymous asked: Hello! This is in connection to your project and I don't know if you've answered this but what do you do if you have artist's block? I hope you have great day :))
Hi there! Unfortunately there’s no definitive ‘cure’ for artist’s block, although I have been doing a lot of helpful reading on the subject lately, through many books/links of which were suggested by my followers- so thank you guys! I have found reading these immensely useful.*
I’d also to sincerely thank those of you who took a considerable amount of time out of your day to submit in your own thoughts and experiences on the subject. (As I’m currently facing the biggest deadline of my life, I have not had the time to properly thank you all individually or respond messages.)
For me in my own personal slump, it’s been fundamental to hear other folks struggles with block. Sometimes you can feel very isolated by your paralysis, and the loss of satisfaction/pleasure from your art causes a near identity crisis! Previously, opening up to my fellow creative friends felt useless and desperate, as through the envious and clouded eyes of a blocked artist, they seemed to me from all outward appearances to perpetually enjoy the creative process with the care-free ease I had felt only as a child.
Hearing other people’s stories helped put things in perspective again, and ultimately made me feel less alone. Virtually all artists encounter such moments. The panic-inducing fear that your next project will fail is a normal, recurring and generally healthy part of the artmaking process. And often, even our abandoned ideas can be recycled or help pave the way to our next, more successful concept.
Whilst I can’t provide you with a solid answer, I can give you some advice that helped me:
Don’t wait around for inspiration. If you’re anything like me, you secretly do actually have a few ideas tucked away at all times- but as your own harshest critic, you just lack conviction in this ideas. But your persistence in your art, particularly in the face of adversity, is your measure of faith in yourself.
“Uncertainty is the essential, inevitable and all-pervasive companion to your desire to make art, and tolerance for uncertainty is the perquisite to succeeding.” - Art & Fear
The risks are obvious and scary, but the rewards can be boundless
* Some of the book suggestions I’ve had:
- Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking by David Bayles & Ted Orland
- Breakthrough!: 100 Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination by Alex Cornell
- Steal Like An Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told Me About the Creative Life by Austin Kleon
- Do the Work by Steven Pressfield