Can't seem to sit down and actually draw anything from my head or at all. Have all the desire to do so but when I sit down I'd rather just watch something or waste time. Anyone else have this problem and know how to solve it?
set to 20 mins work
during your 5 mins shitpost on the eyesee
back to work 20 mins
set repeat to 5
after 5 repeats it would be 1hr draw time
for 1hr you can do whatever you want...more shitposting, video games, youtube, etc..
after 1hr break it's back to work...rinse and repeat
now try it and see how it works for you; you're welcome.
I face this problem everyday I don't think I'll ever make it.
Just sit down and do some basic drawing exercises-- Draw a page of lines, shapes, whatever. I personally draw circles and then shade them into spheres. It'll get you into a habit of moving your arm and putting marks on page/screen. What's more, it'll also tend to make your lines more confident and controlled. Once that happens, you'll just naturally start thinking of things to draw because it's more engaging than drawing your tenth cube.
Seems like a common beginner's issue. You're procrastinating b/c you're not at a level where drawing comes relatively easy to you. You haven't yet memorized the shapes and structures that form what you want to draw.
I used to have this issue for everything I drew but now it's only related to things I'm not used to drawing. When you're stuck do studies. For example if you're really excited to draw some cars but the mood dies once you can't imagine something to draw, do a couple pages of car-related studies first. Maybe even pull up some references when you commit to drawing from imagination. Also when doing studies I'd (usually) recommend studying a single subject within the topic you're covering. For example if you're doing studies of lizards for an hour, draw a specific species of lizard.
>Anyone else have this problem and know how to solve it?
Write down goals
I do enjoy it. I guess it is more or less where to start. I can draw from a reference, but from imagination it's a crapshot. Going to start with basics and see how it treats me. And I guess being sleep deprived isn't helpful either hahahaha.
leave the house, seriously.
When I have creative block, I go and get some coffee, go to the artbook store, look at a bunch of books I can't afford, buy some I can, I make sure to take the train instead of driving and all that time gives me time to think. That's when ideas come in. They don't come in when you stare at your blank desk.
Also, having restrictive boundaries also helps to generate more creativity. This is why it's easier to come up with something for school assignments than having no restrictions - such as, okay, I can make something with only black, white and blue. Suddenly you try to think of pressing those boundaries.
I go to this one website:
They give you a one word prompt and you take that one word to drive an assignment based off it. It's a really helpful restriction. There's a new word every friday.
Faced that problem too for about 2 or 3 years. Now a few months ago I simply said "fuck it, I'll do it at least an hour a day from now on" and since then I started drawing something between 30 Mins and 8 hours a day.
You just have to force yourself until you have some basics/integrated it into your daily routine, after that point you only feel bad when you aren't drawing.
in that case, you're probably overwhelmed by what you think is your limited ability, but deadlines are a godsend because all you can do is fucking do it. It's like, "I don't know where to even start". Just start sketching... seriously, even shitty piece of paper, start laying in something, anything. Then you tighten it up the next time around, lay a piece of tracing paper on top, move shit around, add things, and on and on. I work traditionally, so that's how I do it, but you can use digital with layers in this way too. Start with the most basic scribbles, it's not so overwhelming once you have things down because then you actually start to see it for what it is rather than this overwhelming big project. I have extremely bad ADD, so I make micro-goals for myself because it's less daunting.
>cut paper to size
>draw grids on paper
>scribble in loose layout
>tighten up one layer
Yeah, then the most basic checklist, even the smallest fucking task goes on the checklist helps. Something as minor as "count out 15 sheets of paper" could be one mark on the checklist.
It helps you to just do a minor thing one at a time and actually accomplish it, then it feels good to see all the checkmarks on this long list.
Its happening to me too lately, with the aggravation that I had decided to start the year doubling my efforts. its not the first time for me though, so I know I'll just get out of the slump eventually, and the fastest way is to avoid thinking about drawing completely. just relax for a bit and you'll go back drawing
internet motivational speech is just a ball of retardedness.
My biggest issue and what ironically prevented me from getting into drawing, or learning any kind of skill, is the impatience to want to create something decent _right away_. The delay of gratification in drawing is just way too big for me. After coming to /ic/ and looking at other people make skilled drawings I feel stupid practicing drawing circles and lines the whole day or making horribly inaccurate drawings from life.
Of course it's clear to me that I have to master the basics first but it just takes so long and takes so much effort without any kind of reward. I just can't feel happy over any kind of progress because it's nothing compared to what I wish I could do. It's impossible for me to motivate myself to do boring exercises for the hope that I will get good in a few years. Maybe if I could focus on drawing full time but after an exhausting day of work I rather do something fulfilling that recovers energy instead of something that requires more of me.
I don't know what to do. I really, really want to be able to draw but I just can't get past this first stage. It takes too much energy of me to keep my self-hating thoughts and impatience at bay while exercising so I get exhausted quickly.