One of the worst things that can happen to an artist/designer is to experience “art block.” What is art block? Well, it’s pretty much when you feel little-to-no motivation to create art because you feel uninspired or like your creativity has been drained. Everyone, not just artists, can feel this lack of inspiration and motivation once in a while. It seems like it happens to me more often during the winter as the days seem drearier and I spend practically half the day shoveling my driveway!
For a little pick-me-up during these down times, I like to utilize popular (and free) online sources:
Pinterest is an excellent source of inspiration for me as an artist. It is also very useful for ideas and DIY’s to help me save money. There’s nothing like a cheap, easy fix to brighten my day. You can create “pin boards” on which you can “pin” your favorite ideas, or save other people’s ideas. You can also comment and share on the site, or link it to your Facebook wall to let your friends know what you are interested in!
Tumblr is another great site to find inspiration. Believe it or not, I’ve only just started tapping into the inspirational goodness that Tumblr provides. To me, it seems really similar to pinterest, except you get “blogs” instead of “pin boards,” and it seems to be linked into a lot more social media. While pinterest is more focused around DIY-ers, Tumblr seems a lot more random and has a broader audience.
Another thing that motivates and inspires me is to listen to music while I do things. Sometimes, I just play music from my computer or mp3 player, but I usually prefer listening to Pandora. You can pay to get rid of the ads, but I just use the free version. What’s great about Pandora is that your “likes” and “dislikes” actually influence the next song that it will play. You can choose from different stations depending upon what genre you like. I’m really picky about what kind of music I listen to when I’m in different moods, so it’s nice to have that customization. It’s kind of like having my own personal DJ. Pretty cool, huh?
How do you find inspiration and/or motivation? Feel free to share your ideas in the comments!
Until next time,