How to Break Through When You're Stuck

how to break through when you're stuck So I've posted a lot recently about being stuck, because it's an experience I recently went through where my art was concerned. I don't think there is any point in trying to disguise it, so I'm embracing it. Now that I have more of an idea, I thought I'd share how to break through when you're stuck.

Realise You Can Do Whatever You Want

Okay so I know that this one seems weird but it's less obvious than it seems. Sometimes we have to realise that we have permission to do what we actually want to do, and then start on that. When we're excited to create, practice doesn't seem like a chore, and with no time frame or obligation, we can enjoy the process of creating. I recently realised that I just wanted to practice people, so I have started to do just that.  I think often what holds us back is the feeling that we ought to be working on the next 'range', or something specific, when often that kind of thing can take some of the joy out of it. Try paring it back and realising what it is you want to do, and you just might find you do break through that feeling of being stuck.

Do One Doodle a Day

Some people call this the 'Seinfeld Method' (he wrote a joke a day, religiously). Obviously, it doesn't have to be a doodle, but dedicate yourself to doing something creative every day. Creativity is as much a muscle as any other skill, and it requires practice. Not only so you can practice how to 'draw a horse' or practising a stitch, etc, but it takes time and exposure to your own work and style to realise what it is you like and don't like, and cut away and add to your style until you find something you are happy with.

Talk to Someone

Sometimes it can be really helpful just to talk to someone. I hate to rely too much on tutors, but sometimes a chat with someone who has experienced this kind of thing before and can offer some advice is hugely helpful. Sometimes all it takes is for someone to point out things you have permission to do, or notice the things you couldn't see yourself.

Hone in on What You Want to Improve

Sometimes, being stuck can be due to the fact that our main goal is simply to 'get better'. Often, it can be helpful to set a specific goal in mid (like, to practice drawing people) and simply focus your efforts on that. Over time, it can be rewarding to look back at how far you have come, and again, go through the process of refining your style simply through more exposure to it.