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good news, artists of all stripes -- here's something to consider when you feel blocked and how to handle it instead of posting journals, forum threads and meta-art about your blockage.  You're not alone, you're not doomed, but you have to realize that in order to get over the blockage, you have to DO SOMETHING instead of complaining and whining.  

we all go through this.  this graphic was designed to help you understand so you can fix your problem and get on with your work.  don't look for sympathy, look for answers.  look at what's going on in your life to cause your block.  if you simply can't "think of something", then the problem is you're too impatient.  slow your roll and allow time to exist when creating your art.  this isn't a race and if you're not being paid to make something, to be in a hurry for any reason is absurd.  nothing good comes easy.

if you want to do something well, you need to give it time to develop.
if you want to do something super-dupe fast for what, the sake of saying "FIRST!" -- grow up.  
no one is impressed that you finished first (amirite, fellas).

the worst thing an artist can do is stare at the blank canvas/paper/whatever and think that sheer will help them make something that others want to look at.  that just makes it worse.  how many times have we seen "i dunno, i made this in like five minutes" in the artist comments.  yeah, we can tell you made it in five minutes, it looks like no thought was put into it at all.  and search the galleries here for "the blank canvas/page mocks me" art.  it's as pervasive as crimson river art, and i use the word "art" by default.  

go be stimulated by something else for a while to fill the well.  
don't make it worse by forcing yourself to work on your hobby.
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MissouriMutants Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I agree!
Laurazee Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Here's another one that more succinct and linear: [link]
raspil Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2012   Writer
i saw that yesterday at tumblr and i lol'd out loud.
CrumpetsHarvey Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012   Writer
Nice. Looks helpful for suffering ANY issues with stress/self-esteem, which makes you less productive at any task you have to do (and frequently occurs when you have too many tasks to do!)
SkysongMA Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student Writer
I really like that graphic! Resetting your brain when you're blocked is probably the most important thing you can do.

(The advantage of having multiple things going at one time is that if I'm blocked on one, I can switch to something else for a day or two while I'm figuring out the problem and not lose my writing groove.)
Creativity-Squared Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2012  Student General Artist
Awesome graphic, really helpful. Thanks for your insight. :D
Jon-Law Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
The one time I was blocked I wrote about it and then I was writing so I wasn't blocked anymore. There's no such thing as writer's block, only writer.
Memnalar Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012
Artistic blockage is exactly the same thing as intestinal blockage. You have to handle it on your own, and nobody wants to hear about it.

Brilliant graphic.
raspil Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2012   Writer
you're so right.

*found the graphic at the publishing tag at tumblr.
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