Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Art blocks a blessing or a curse?
I had seen in many years, people getting worried of art blocks, many giving solutions how to over come them, hearing music, trying something else in technique, changing subject. Trying yoga, drinking red bulls, beers in my case. And many many stuff.
But those get rid of art blocks forever gone? You cant bet it not.
All people have artblocks, the talented people are the only ones to say that never ever ever happen to them. They dont know what an artblock is. They never had one in their all life career. I think thats a lie, we all had artblocks, but you got to get rid of them quickly, or you cant be a professional.
A professional dont have time to spend on an art block, you will still need to draw having one, after all you need to get a deadline done. That can be the best solution, keep drawing, dont let the artblock win.
From my personal point of view Artblocks are EGO killers. Artblocks grab your feet to the ground, you will realize you are human, you arent perfect. Your mind its exhausted and need some break.
For example you did a great picture, then you do another incredible picture, your brain starts to move some internal drugs making you feel great, that you can draw anything in the world, that you had surpassed your self, that you are almost a divine entity, hahah i exaggerated on last one. But minutes after you feel that way........
...............Boom the Artblock happens.
After the happening you realize you arent divine, you realize you arent as good as other artists, you realize your flaws on past pictures you made, you feel you cant hold a pencil on your hand. A white page havent been so intimidating in your life, you try many times but nothing came along.
I call the artblock the ego hangover, when the euphoric drugs in your brain worth off, heyyyyy i like that artblock its an ego hangover for me.
So its cool to have ego hangovers, because you realize you arent perfect, then you came out with strategies, to surpass yourself. I wonder if we never had artblocks, we will try harder? We will try to surpass the obstacle getting better? I think not.
Artblocks are the drawn lines that make you surpass to a new level, for example you learn anatomy pretty well lets say an arm, then you start drawing the lots of perfect arms, but your brain notice the rest of the body its wrong, but you cant see it, he tries to warn you with an art block. He shuts down all your creativity machine, until you figure out whats wrong. Then you rest, try to learn a couple of things then go back, the brain see your drawing and evaluate the test, if you are drawing something he doesnt like, it will shut you down again. Saying start a new one and you better please me. If you improved something the brain will look at it and say, wow i like that shoe you drawn, even if the rest its crap, but love that shoe, you get a green light, and he leaves you to finish it.
Artblocks are signs of bored brains, and ego checking, if your ego its huge compared to the drawing skills, the brain will evaluate that and will shut down the creative machinery. The brain wants to be entertained, it cant laugh of the same joke over and over, because it will, and i mean it, will shut down the creativity factory, until you came out with new skill or a new joke.
So my advices to avoid artblocks, its stay low, really low, so the brain wont notice your ego its high, always think that you art arent perfect, because if you think its perfect, the ego hangover will be harder. Never compare to other artists, because you will feel you cant draw, the brain will get mad at you and shut you down, because he doesnt wants you to look at other people, he doesnt want distraction from you goal, to please him.
Past week had a terrible artblock.
If an artblock happens and i promise you it will, instead of blocking out, analize what you are doing wrong in your pictures, read a book of art improve something, the brain will be pleased and give you a green light.
Artblocks are creativity vacations, and what do you do in vacations, enjoy it, relax, let you brain hear music, play videogames go out dating, sometimes he just wants to see your friends, not a piece of paper.
If we didnt had this vacations of mind we will be glued to a desk, and thats sad.
Well thats just my point of view, i hope i had help some people to see artblocks not as something bad, but as something necessarily to improve.