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Okay. This isTutorial of how to kill an art Block.
(Update 2013! New Tactics! Less Typos!)

There are three ways to kill an Art Block.

The Idol Tactic

Find an Artist who is better than you, a kinda Idol to you.
Now walk through His/her gallery and view the Artwork. But don't only view it, analyze it. Think of how he/she might have drawn it and think of where and why the strokes are like the strokes are. Though its Eeevuhl and forbidden on this lovely site, tracing helps a lot, too. (Just make sure to burn it with fire after you did) But also there, not only trace the outlines. Try to reconstruct the guidelines which used to be there at the beginning. Split the picture in shapes, like the way you read in drawing books, just backwards. That really helps a lot improving, too!

PRO: -you get better after the Art Block is gone.

Contra: -Its booooring. And well, keep in mind how tracing is evil.

The Extremeness Tactic

This one is funny, and my favorite.
Draw where and how you never have drawn.
For Example hanging upside-down from a ceiling lamp, or place yourself in your rabbit cage. Be creative. I already have drawn under the desk of my teacher in class. If that does not work try the third.
Some people wrote that they understood that they should draw themselves in a weird way, but I actually mean choose a crazy workplace!

PRO: -Its funny to do, and it works most of the time.

Contra: -Probably you'll soon have no ideas anymore of how to work. And it can get dangerous.

The waiting Tactic

Wait 'till it goes itself.

PRO: you have nothing to do for it.
CONTRA: Too much to listen it up.

If it worked, tell me :)

Ayior 2009

After a few suggestions and some experience, I have two more tactics for you!
...Also I updated the older texts.

The Music Tactic

This was one working a lot to me and which also got mentioned a lot in the comments.
Simply listen to some inspiring music. Maybe soundtrack or your favorite heavy metal, yay. Maybe its because of my own attitude, but I find regular pop music very uninspiring, but that could just be me - While most people seem to find epic soundtracks most inspiring.
Also, listen to NEW music. Not you favorite song you have been listening to for ages already.
Maybe tell me your most inspiring song in a comment!

Pro: It's fun and effective when you have a creative block.

Contra: Creativity Blocks are different from Art Blocks. So it might solve the problem, but there is a chance it wont.

The Socializing Tactic

Another one for the creative block type.
Meet friends. Go to a cafe, or in a dancing club. Just do something with people, or, just do something. Get out of your effin' house and do something different. Sport works too, just make sure you actually get so see something of the world.
People can be nasty, but they sometimes do heck funny things when they believe they are not being watched. Or maybe your best friend was just dumped in a way that could be drawn as a hilarious comic, or some leaves on a tree look like the outline of a warrior just fighting an ancient dragon which was reborn from the ancient tribe of sumerians who want.... Eh, I am getting off topic. And big suggestion: Especially when you totally not feel like meeting people you should do so. Trust me.

PRO: You get rid of the reputation of the antisocial artist and no one will bug you to do something and that you are wasting your lifetime anymore. Don't argue, I know most of you have that problem!

Contra: ...Well, even if it fails you have had some nice time, or at least some new experience, so I don't know what a contra could be!

Ayior 2009-2013
Update 2013

Man, I wanted to update this for... one year already?
Well, now I finally did! I hope you enjoy the new tactics - and now typoless old ones!
I also changed the category. This probably fits better.

My tutorial of how to kill an art block :)
did it help?

Maybe you might also be interested in those articles on Tips to be more creative and 9 ways to overcome artistic frustration by #projecteducate :)

Addition June 2013: Just found this [link] Yet another nice list :D
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psycopix Featured By Owner Edited 6 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
" Though its Eeevuhl
and forbidden on this lovely site, tracing
helps a lot, too. (Just make sure to burn it
with fire after you did)"

Wha?? Nothing wrong with tracing! Even The Masters did it. It can even be really helpful in removing "art block" or whatever you call it. At least you start somewhere.
Ayior Featured By Owner 6 days ago  Student Digital Artist
That's what I said :D
or at least wanted to say with "helps a lot, too"
The way I spelled evil and stuff is supposed to indicate that it's a joke about this site, where a lot of drama happens because people upload art they traced and claim it to be their own, and so far everywhere on this site I met has told me that tracing is evil cause it's art theft~
psycopix Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, I often think twice on this site before praising someone who makes really beautiful art. Sad.
FireColorSplat Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
i have been in a art block for WEEKS! I am so going to try this
Ayior Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yay :D
IridescentCatalyst Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013
Hmm . . . I dunno, I just hope it will go away by the time I hit college.
plushiies Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
somehow, when i finally get rid of the art block and draw something, once i am done with it the art block magically reappears..
Ayior Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I guess then it's a creativity block - Do you know what you want to draw/have ideas? If so do thumbnails first, pick small pieces of paper eg notes and a permanent (!) pen and doodle your idea until you have a thumbnail that you like. Do them pretty quick, you can feel pretty early if it will work out or not, thanks to permanent marker.... and as I see you work digital, then you scan the thumbnail you're satisfied with and scale it up in PS or whatever you use to sketch over it...
In general drawing with a permanent marker/pen helps you improve and get rid of art blocks because then you pay more caution to every line you do... I'd try a bunch of random doodles and also studies, eg quickly scribbling the person next to you just to remember the main features.... may be hard in the beginning....
Would be my suggestion, maybe it helps you :D
dreamsandabyss Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student
when i'm bored in class i choose one random person and draw them with mixed random ideas in my head. :D good for making ocs. :D
Ayior Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2013  Student Digital Artist
sounds great! XD
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