Monday, June 22, 2009

Battling art block

I hate it when I want to draw, but I just can't get myself to do it. I feel like I shouldn't have to deal with art block, because if it's something I want to do professionally, I will need to be able to draw as if its an assignment, not an emotional desire. After all, I don't let any kind of "block" prevent me from doing my job at work.

But I digress. To try to break block, I tend to loosen up and just whip out crappy gestures, just to make sure my hand doesn't forget how to hold a pencil. Today, I whipped these up: Photobucket

I figure, I'm going to make Jet Dancer my everything--my artistic focus for both personal and professional pursuits. So I need to get used to drawing her. So I played around with various action poses and some other types of positions. None of this is meant to become anything more than a rough sketch but it was fun to do. I particularly like the flying kick one.


KENESU said...

With jet boots, the possibilities are endless when it comes to kicks and aerial combat. She's a bloody video game character, man. Can you picture her knocking an opponent in the air and scoring combos on the poor sap?


Artist block is rougher than writer's block because if you write, you can get ideas from people and brainstorm the shit until you get an "ah ha" moment. There's even books on how to beat writer's block (I have one if you want to hold it), but we artist are alone. I suppose one of the things that help me out is looking at other artist--mainly pros. He's not aware of it, but Sean "Cheeks" Galloway helps me in the rough times. Same goes with Adam Hughes, Jo Chen, Mahmud Asrar, Andy Kubert and Bryan Hitch. I suppose wanting to be where they are at, professionally and talent-wise, helps fuel me to get out of the haze.

Gestures seem like a good method, too. With any luck, your sketch can become a fully rendered piece, killing two birds with one stone.

One thing that pisses me off about art block is that Art Schools don't take that into account. LOL! If you're down in the dumps, the instructor will still destroy your ass regardless. I'm not happy about my current situation regarding school, but I can say that I've grown artistically at home more than I did at school. I'm a firm believer in self study. It's cheaper and you don't have to deal with asshole teachers (most of them were ok, but a few of them spoil the bunch).

Jonathan Price said...

I wish I had writer's block instead of artist's block. Seems all I ever do is write down story ideas. I scripted up Jet Dancer's first story arc in like an hour, start to finish, action, character development, crucial low point and victory in the end, the whole nine yards. But don't ask me to draw it...

It's funny you should mention that Jet makes a good video game character since I'm getting ready to go to school for graphics and multimedia. Part of the curriculum is designing 3D characters, and you best believe I intend to use Jet as the focus of my exercises.

I'm hoping that I can get past this block the same way I usually do; get some sketch commissions and draw some simple stuff for fun again. What I really need to do is get back into drawing action packed pics of Jet (or maybe some shower scenes or something...)