thkarthausthings asked: Heya, I just came across you're profile on DeviantArt, you are now a big inspiration for me. I'm currently 17 years old and still trying to improve my drawing skills. But anyway, I'll get to the point. Here's my question: What is the best thing to do, when you're not motivated to draw anything? -Timo
Hi, Timo. I have two answers to your question:
The first thing to try when you’re not motivated to draw anything, is to just look around at pictures, random pictures, from old magazines or news websites or what-have-you, until you find something that you think is interesting-looking, and draw that. It doesn’t have to be a great drawing that you spend a lot of time on, it’s just to get you looking at different things, stimulating different parts of the brain, and kicking you into active-mode instead of passive-mode.
If that doesn’t work, I recommend NOT drawing. That might sound like terrible advice, but for me, sometimes (a lot of the time, actually) I just can’t draw, and I have to express myself in some other way. As long as you’re doing something productive — reading a book, playing a musical instrument, writing, programming, wood carving, whatever you choose — it’ll help make you a better artist. It might not make you better at drawing, but the technical skill involved in drawing is only part of being an artist. Some people can draw really well, but they make boring drawings, and some people can only draw stick figures, but they make powerful and evocative drawings. Skill comes with practice, and if you’re serious about drawing then you’re going to be practicing for the rest of your life, so there’s no need to do all the practicing before you’re 30.