posted on Jan, 30 2013 @ 10:04 PM
I've known that feeling. The art thing comes and goes. (I almost think for some people that it has to though.)
I'll throw my hat in the ring to suggest some crazy creativity restoring ideas. Loose cannon or wildcard way of doing things. Some might consider
them risky though, because they could risk your reputation - particularly if you normally draw a certain kind of audience which could easily take
offense. (I don't seem to have that luxury or burden. Something you'll have to weigh for yourself.)
Sometimes the will to produce art drops because there's no buttons being pushed. No pressure. Got to have something that makes you rage in some way
to stoke that furnace powering your creative engine. If that happens and it lights off for some reason, then BAM! You can be in the zone like that!
Just be careful that you don't become unhinged if ranting hard or climbing high on that soapbox. (If you're not easily angered, there's another
madness that works on this mechanism. It can also be something that drives elation instead of rage, find something that really makes you laugh
hysterically and delve into depicting that.)
Other times I find it's a thing of balance. Work might be getting too serious. Not that serious work can't be fun, but sometimes you find you're
tottering too far one way and it becomes boring. Same ol' same ol'. It's monotony that's killing the urge. If you feel this is the case, then
force yourself to apply your skill in the opposite direction. (Doesn't mean you have to make it public, private sketch books are great for this.) If
you've always made art that is soulful, spiritual, uplifting, nice, chaste, cute, pretty, intellectual or whatever of that sort, then you have to go
against it. Make something crass, rude, raunchy, insipid, insulting, creepy, derogatory, ugly, horrid, dark, spiteful even. Let the total "crap"
flow. Sounds ridiculous, but it's something to try. Then later on you can look back, and ponder "what the heck have I done?" (If kept private
nobody else needs to know. The goal of this isn't to upset people, even if it does risk touching on "the dark side". It's supposed to be
cathartic, provided you don't happen to enjoy and get caught up in it. Keep in mind there is that risk.) All while doing this, your talent is still
kept up. And then once you feel the balance has shifted enough other way, go back to doing the other thing you've been doing. In turn you might find
it refreshing again. Why such a suggestion? No light without dark, no hot without cold, no yin without yang, etc. you know the spiel. Sometimes it's
that contrast or difference that churns things up and gets the mojo to flow.
Keep in mind if the above sounds stupid because dark is the way you usually go... Try the light things instead. (Instead of the destroyer of worlds on
throne of skulls with mushroom clouds, gore, and other bleak and gothic "doom porn", do fluffy bunnies and rainbows and such. Or maybe skirting the
bounds chaotically with contrarian depictions of the fluffy bunny as the destroyer of worlds with skulls and rainbows awakens the inner artist?)
Then again I don't mind occasionally trying some crazy artist things. (I'm easily bored at times just as much as easily amused.) Artistry tends to
be an individual pursuit and my suggestions might be complete crap in your case. Only one way to find out though.