1. Worry and wonder about the shape of human heads. Focus only on that. And then get it too big anyway.
2. Break your pencils to teach them a lesson. They are failing you and should be punished.
3. Draw legless sad girl with a convenient tutu to throw off the viewer. He/she will never know you just couldn’t for the (flipping) life of you get the legs right + that’s what cropping is for anyway... (see example above)
4. Fret (continuously and nonstop) about where exactly your style fits. And then when you sit down to draw have nothing productive come out for days. Definitely try staying up til 2 am to force something good out. Extreme exhaustion fuels the soul.
5. Listen and agree with phrases like “Nobody actually paints anymore” and “Yours is a lost art”.
6. Cry, lament and wring your hands because as much as you wish you could (draw, paint, etc) like (your hero/es) you can’t. And you never will.
7. Tell yourself you should be: further ahead, where so and so is, accomplished at -fill in the blank-, able to leap tall buildings with a single paintbrush. Simultaneously look up successful people with kleenex scotched taped under your eyeballs to keep your hands free for more google searches of more successful people.
As much as I'd like to wallow in the awesomeness that is the above (sigh), I suppose I must come up with....The Antidote.
To Combat Creative Frustration + Feeling A Bit Lost1. Show up. Tape your pencils back together and keep going.
2. Step away. (haha, look how I contradicted myself there. #1Show up...#2Step away) Even if it's for several needed breaks.
3. You are not Them. They are not You.The world is a big place with room for everyone. There's a place for your art/what you create.
4. Carefully peel away the scotchtape from under your eyeballs. Use any leftover kleenex to catch resulting tears.
5. Forgive yourself for not being the Wonderfully Magical Magic Person Who Has It Creatively (& Otherwise) All Together and accept the person you are. You'll grow.
6. Accept you are where you are right now, even if you need to be elsewhere. Remind yourself you aren't where you were. And that's what counts the most.
~There. Now doesn't that feel better?