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Im burnt out and out of ideas

it started like around 3 weeks after I did some drawing spree, when I draw something I never finish it I got easily burnt out and when I tried going back to that art I began losing interest in it , maybe its because I draw too much for straight 2 weeks? Should I rest for at least a month or week? I dont know what to do, I feel like I cant draw anymore and it can hinder my progress towards my goals, and also one thing I tried looking in pinterest for some reference but still no go. Im kinda frustrated about it

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Simeon’s Answer

It sounds like you've got a lot of pressure on yourself to succeed. I think you're right that you could use a break from the project for now. It might help that you to have another art project to work on that you have more interest in. That way, you could help yourself keep your interest alive.

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Alysa’s Answer

I use Pinterest and Dribbble for inspiration as well, but sometimes it's a double edged sword. While it can be a great place to start, it can also feel crippling and I start comparing my own work to things that exist outside. As creatives, sometimes it's a necessary part of the creative process to know when to step away and do other things to feed your brain and stimulation. Go on a day trip, or a walk. Inspiration is out there, and it's oftentimes, inspiration can come from the least expected places. If I get stuck in a creative rut, i'll try and sleep it off and start fresh the next day. Also, if you've been drawing in the same place, consider a change of scenery! Hope this helps, and good luck to you.

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Jason’s Answer

Hi Kenth,

Burnout is a real thing that can be challenging and frustrating to deal with. Its actually fairly common so don't be too hard on yourself. There are a number of techniques to help get through a burnout phase, I have included a few that have worked for me.

1. Go back to the basics. Rather than trying to create something new, take some time to hone your skills. I find that reviewing technique helps me to improve generally and can spark my creativity again.

2. Re-discover your passion. There is likely something that got you interested in art in the first place. Try to reconnect with whatever it was that got you started down this path.

3. Think outside of yourself. As opposed to drawing something for you, try doing something for someone else. Turning the focus of your art to someone else can help you break out of this phase. Perhaps you can do some freelance work, or mentor someone else, or draw something to pay homage to someone you care deeply about. I find that by thinking outside of myself and doing things for others I often end up better off personally.


thank you, I will follow it Kenth M.

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Sandra’s Answer

Remember that being burnt out is temporary and the good news is that inspiration can come when you can least expect it! If you're lacking inspiration, go outside, read a book or magazine, visit a museum, browse online (TikTok, Instagram and Pinterest discover pages/for you pages). Ask others what inspires them. Don't look for inspiration - let inspiration find you!

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Mariana’s Answer

Be gentle with yourself! Knowing when to stop will help you much more than putting your brain and creativity to their limit. If you are getting a creativity block or just feeling exhausted, frustrated or uncapable of creating, taking a break would be nice. Forcing yourself into drawing won't lead you to your goals, it will slow your achievements towards it. I really believe you should take a break, no time estipulated, to watch to some movies, to read about your favourite artists, to talk about it, to search about art and the things you are into, without the pressure of having to draw, to create, to be good, to do things. Give yourself some time to ventilate. Draw when feeling like drawing and never put yourself into an exhaustive environment.

thank you I found this very helpful Kenth M.

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Bella’s Answer

Find opportunities for creative outlets to draw inspiration from. Try different cuisines and discover new outdoor places to explore with friends or family.

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Michael’s Answer

Don't rest. The great idea is never going to come out of thin air. If you keep working at your craft each day great and inspiring ideas will come out of the hard work you put into it.

Hi Michael. This is good advice, but I’m not sure it’s what the student is looking for as far as getting help addressing their burnout. It’s hard to keep working at something when you don’t have idea of what to work on. Do you have any advice that would answer the student’s question and address a way to generate ideas for drawing? Thanks! Alexandra Carpenter

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