A Loss of Inspiration...

I don't know if anybody even reads this thing. I guess I need to be more proactive about posting more often and trying to get more traffic to my sketchbook. If you do read, you may have noticed that I haven't had anything new to show if over a week. I'm so busy and haven't created any real illustrations in some time. I want to right now but I have no inspiration. That, and I went to a bachelor party last night and I feel like death right now. I just don't have it in me you know?

What can you do when you lose inspiration? How do you motivate yourself to tap into that creative spark in your brain? It comes for me in spurts of seemingly unrecognizable origin. I don't know where the ideas come from but they float in and out of my life like driftwood on a beach shore.

I forget where I heard it, be it a book or a movie, but there was this great speech about how an idea is a living organism that can spread like wildfire, or a virus. I think thought can be contagious like this. I wish when the ideas come, I could hold onto the momentum they bring with them. i know I have endless amounts of books I could fill with art if I only had the inspiration.

Maybe I should approach the situation from a different angle. Perhaps I could look up some dummy projects for an illustrator. Or maybe I could read an article in a magazine or online and design a relevant illustration for it.

You know what kind of inspiration I really want is the inspiration to design a new shirt for threadless.com. I need the money that's for sure. The problem is the knowledge that I need the money will probably make my art forced and contrived.

I wish I had scores of readers who I could talk to about this. Other artists that go through the same dry spells of creative thought. I do have a nude figure drawing class tomorrow evening. I hope I have something worthy of what I consider my fullest potential to display to my ghost town of a blog tomorrow. Till then...

1 shout outs:

SCRiBE said...

I feel you. I go through the same type of dry spells with drawing and writing. I just do it make a bunch of crappy stuff 'til something good decides to wink at me. Keep the faith. Hope you had fun at the bachelor party.

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