Andy (my son) was crying the other night because he wanted to draw but didn't know WHAT to draw. I don't think there's an artist alive who hasn't been there.
There's a ton to say on this topic but here's the advice I gave him.
- Just keep drawing even if you don't feel super excited about what you're drawing. If for no other reason this keeps your eye and hand trained and ready for when inspiration does hit. Sometimes just the act of drawing will spark an idea.
- I suggested playing little art games like walking through the house and drawing different items on the page and have them interact with each other. So for example the water coming out of a faucet can morph into a shoe lace etc...
- I told him about the surrealists and suggested he play some surrealist games. This book includes games such as froissage, grattage, exquisite corpse, decalcomania and ten more visual exercises.
- I also suggested he spend time thinking about what he likes to look at and try to draw those things.
- I suggested that when inspiration does hit he should write a list of ideas in the front of his sketchbook so he'll have a jumping off point next time creative block happens.
He ended up making a cool little drawing that night and said he has some ideas for future drawings.
Poor kid, creative block is tough!