When you are struggling, that your creativity seems to be stuck. You have to break the pattern in order to be able to see things with fresh eyes and boost your creativity.
Here are 7 ways to help to get back on track!
- Have a long walk. Enjoy and take the time to look around you. Look at people, imagine their life. Listen to fragments of conversations, make up the rest, imagine it, how you would draw this scene.
- Go to a coffee place. Get out of your studio, change your environment.
- Do some running. Although is a big fail for me, it’s seem to wonder for others. Running increases something called Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor which favours the growth of new brain cells and maintaining healthy neurons . In few words it’s a happy brain, happy creativity. Personally, it’s walking fast pace, that does the trick for me.
- Ask for help. To someone that have no limit of imagination: a kid. Show them what you did so far, they ask them they would have done will be glad to give their opinion. One thing, sometimes often their filter are off, you’ve warned.
- Do nothing. Let your project aside. Give yourself and your brain a break. Watch a movie, take a nap, read a book, daydream, let your thoughts wanderering. And come back refreshed and ready to go!
- Look at your project from another point of view. Alter your environment, draw in another room, draw like those kids and teens, in an impossible position (at least try…)
- Shake up a bit your drawing routine ! During the first 30 minutes, try a new technique. Draw thing differently. Experiment! Draw triangle apples, or do a kids version style of one realistic artwork. Point is: Do different.
Break the mold
If your creativity is down, do something completely different. Move away from what you are doing. Help your creativity to go off on a complete tagent.
Oh an extra one before you go: “a Me time a day, keeps creativity block away“! Unhealhty life and burnout act like kriptonite on creativity.
Do you have tips to boost creativity? Let me know in the comment.
This is a re-edition of an old post.
French Vector & Digital Illustrator living in Asturias (North of Spain) with Husband, kids, pet and lots of crazy ideas in her heads.
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