Recently I watched an interesting video around the concept of “Just draw” this is from Feng Zhu’s design cinema, for those of you that haven’t watched any FZD I advise watching some of his tutorials on Youtube, it’s well worth your time and honestly the man knows what he is talking about. He has will always be a huge driving factor in what made me take my artwork seriously. The reason why I am mentioning him is simple, he has perfected a way to tackle artist block.
So back to my original point about “Just Draw”, I had completely forgotten that when I loved drawing as a kid it was me drawing various exciting objects and animals that I found in my wildlife books, in the garden or walking about town.
Having an idea:
Now when I design something I have a rough idea of what I want and I draw. For a while now I have felt my designs end up feeling lifeless and flat. This is probably due to all these experiences I did have are so long in my memory it has stagnated and now I am left with a minimal library of mental resources to attempt to construct massive and grand ideas .
So how am I addressing that? I am growing my visual library! I recently started an account on Pinterest and it is probably the best thing I have done in a while as it is allowing me to collect hundreds of reference images and it even recommends similar images.
Now when I want to “Just Draw” I go to my reference images. Click a section (Recently it’s been birds) and I pick an image and I draw. The results have been fantastic. From Tuesday this week to Friday today I have drawn 22 new images! 22! I haven’t even struggled picking ideas as they are all there in front of me and I don’t worry for hours about investing my time as the studies are quick and excellent practice.
What to draw:
So how does that relate to keeping artistic block away? Well I like drawing similar things, creatures from myth and legend. The hardest aspect of this is how can I create something original? I created a Cerberus with two heads based on a Hyena, that was original to me. But I realised it is quite common to see hyena, I could go even further by studying and drawing more different mammals.
I can look at bones from extinct mammals, birds and reptiles and bring these together to create something that no one would even expect. So far I need to put this part of keeping artistic block away into practice. But I will say this I have noticed that ideas don’t come by looking at reference images alone, the practical element of line work, drawing new architecture, flora and fauna release a torrent of ideas that your brain would have loved to do but in the end decided it didn’t have the resources.
I suppose the point of this blog post for me is, “Just Draw” feed your creativity with images you have never seen. Help your brain to help you.