Go Back to Art School
- Draw from life! There is nothing quite like drawing something that is physically in front of you. I'm not saying you need to go to the zoo and try to sketch the lemurs while they are bounding around their enclosure, although that is always a ton of fun to do! All you need to do is grab some random things around your house, set them on a table and get to work on sketching your own personal still life. You can even just draw your living room while you watch TV! Doing exercises like this will get you focusing on just light and shapes rather than worrying about poses or correct composition, so you not only get practice with that, but you give your mind a break.
- Practice anatomy! Try focusing on one body part. Hands and feet are commonly difficult, but any part you have trouble with works! Even fat distribution on larger and leaner bodies is worth studying. Learn everything you can about how your chosen body part works. Pay close attention to the way the muscles move under the skin and how the bone create the supporting structure. There are numerous resources dedicated to art anatomy, but don't just limit yourself to things specifically geared towards artists; videos of athletes can really showcase human anatomy at it's finest (Hint: The Olympics are currently going on!)
- Do some figure drawing! Practice your gesture drawing skills by doing some figure drawing. This option is distinct from the anatomy option because you will be focusing on the figure as a whole, rather than getting bogged down in the minutia of musculature. The best way to do this is to draw a real life model. Now, you probably don't have access to live models, so the next best thing is to use digital models online. Two decent sites that have timed options are Posemaniacs and Quickposes. Both give you choices for the length of time, but Posemaniacs uses these sort of medical anatomy 3D models, and Quickposes uses real photos of clothed or nude people. Any site will work, but you'll want to find one with a timed option! This is to mimic the real life model changing poses, whether you a ready for it or not. Even more so, it forces you to look at the entire pose rather than the little details. (Hint: Your town's art association or art center might have figure drawing nights. A quick search should bring something up. Generally the cost is $5-10 to pay the model, but some cities have larger events with multiple models and themes that may cost more.)
Try Something New
Personally, I generally work in Photoshop nowadays, but when I get worn out from staring at the screen, I like to go back to my traditional media roots. I find focusing on an acrylic painting gives me a fresh perspective and lets me literally stretch my art muscles by putting the paint on canvas. More often than not, halfway through a painting I will get so inspired to do a new digital piece that I have to stop painting and go back to Photoshop!
Trying out a new medium works because it keeps you thinking creatively. I could go in depth about how creativity works, but basically the more you do creative work, the more you will grow as a creative person and the easier it will be to come up with something creative. You won't necessarily better your technical skills with this option, but you will improve your imagination.
Follow Your Interests
With the recent popularity of Pokemon, I have been sketching some of the less popular Pokemon in my free time. I really love drawing these little guys because their designs are incredibly simple, at least in the first generation. Because they are so simple, I can focus my efforts less on getting the character correct, and more on doing my take on the character. I can go as wild as I want as long as the Pokemon is still recognizable. And, with my strong nostalgia from playing the game as a kid, I have an emotional investment in the characters so using them to practice is actually fun!
Even if Pokemon isn't your thing, consider drawing some art based on your favorite things, whether it be video games, movies, or novels!
Do A Meme
Art block might be a pain to deal with, but it isn't an insurmountable issue! You just have to push through it. Hopefully one of these options will spark some creative thoughts that will have you back to drawing the art that you really want to do.