Unblocking the Art Block

by Emily Chow

You look at the blank paper and tap anxiously, waiting for something–anything. What once was a white space full of insane possibilities is now reduced to just a blank sheet of paper. Art block is a serious illness that plagues even the best of us, but thankfully, there are many ways to cure the block and inspire untapped creativity.

1. r/SketchDaily

Reddit is an online forum with many specific communities within it. On this particular subreddit (reddit.com/r/sketchdaily), users are given a theme or prompt to draw and are encouraged to post in the comments for feedback. These themes can range from something silly to something completely open to interpretation.

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2. Monthly drawing challenges

There are many of these challenges, all with different themes, but in celebration of the month of October and Halloween, check out the 31 Days Witchy Art Challenge! Inktober is also similar to these challenges, but there are no formal prompts. The only rule is to draw with ink once a day, however, there is nothing saying you can’t do this for other months, or even starting small and drawing once a day for a week!


3. Follow artists on social media

Instagram is a great place to discover new artists or follow ones you already like. Many users aren’t aware that you can go back and view a gallery of posts you’ve liked previously (click on the gear icon at the top of your profile>account>posts you’ve liked). Even if inspiration-less, it’s nice to look at the different creativity and techniques your favorite artists employs.


4.Pinterest boards

Similar to #3, but not quite. Pinterest allows users to have multiple boards, so one could be used for techniques, another for inspiration, and a third for patterns. The possibilities are endless, and it’s a great way to organize “pretty illustrations” into one board and “helpful drawing tips” into another.

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5. Doodling

Just as meditation can help in emptying the mind, drawing without any kind of end goal might lead to unblocking the block and letting the ideas flow freely. The best part about this is that you can doodle almost anywhere with no pressure on it being good or presentable!



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