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Oukamiyoukai’s list of anti art block challenges.  
These are just a few things I think about if I want to get rid of art block. I will probably add more in the future, but here’s a few now to get you inspired. These are to be done at leisure and don’t have to be in any order. They are for fun.

1 gesture drawing. This is super easy. Basically find a relatively complicated shape, and draw it with as few marks as possible. It doesn’t really have to resemble it in any way. As long as you know what it is. I probably do about 30 of these a day. Honestly they’ve helped a lot with everything. You can add color if you want. For this challenge I recommend doing enough to inspire you rather it be 10-100. (I’ll link some examples).

2 combining an animal and an inanimate object. Select one animal and one object and combine them. I would highly recommend thinking about general shapes of both and using repetition in your design. No imaginary animals (you’re making one so it really doesn’t make sense to use an imaginary animal to begin with).

3 inspiration from a nonobjective piece. Select a nonobjective piece of art (nonobjective art doesn’t resemble anything real, I’ll link some examples). As much as I don’t like nonobjective pieces they tend to have great compositions, really wonderful textures and color. DO NOT COPY THEIR ART. Study it. You can learn a lot just by looking at it. Make a design either realistic or slightly abstract (cartoony whatever you want to call it) based on their design.    

4 Character based on taste. This can be pretty fun to do. I recommend finding something that looks rather boring, but tastes good. First enjoy your treat, don’t fork it down. Think about what it tastes like. This can be a little difficult for people to grasp, but think about colors or patterns that come to mind when you’re tasting your treat. Ex when I have blueberry tea (it’s kind of a reddish brown color) I think purple.

5 design based on music. You can either make a composition or a design totally up to you. I recommend finding a song that you like that has no words. (Words can distract you from your design and might push it in a totally different direction). I’ll link some examples if your totally stumped.

6 Making a creature based on a friend or family member. You should know this person well enough to know their flaws and all their odd habits. Exaggerate! For a prime example a good friend of mine really loves turtles, and is a bit of a drama queen. So I drew her as a turtle queen thing. (wish I still had that picture she ran off with it though.)

7 Do the same thing with someone you don’t know as well. It can be someone you’ve never seen before (might actually help). If you really don’t know them at all ( You’ve never said or typed anything to them then you might want to either ask them about themselves or find someone else).

8. combat art. Find something to draw (something a little more complicated). You will need a big piece of paper, and a buddy. Time yourself for 1 minute or 30 seconds, and tell your buddy to try to keep you from drawing. Note you shouldn’t try to harm to artist while they’re drawing, just try to stop them.

9 Noodle. Find something reasonably complicated, and try to draw it with in a one minute time frame, but pretend you have no joints in your arm. This is to help with making bold confident strokes.

10 Frankenstein. Your arm is a stiff as a board, draw with a 1 minute time frame. You might have to stand away from your paper. Don’t move your wrist either.
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this will be updated as they come back to me. I had them all written down, but lost them XD.

Gesture drawing ex… this is a man if you can't tell
oh look one of mine…

Nonobjective art (they don't belong to me) I picked some really colorful ones but there's a lot of nonobjective art.………

some music…………

have fun!
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TiaMariie Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
These are amazing! My boyfriend would love messing me up with the combat art. :)
oukamiyoukai45 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Student General Artist
love combat art
it seems so pointless but I tend to get into it XD
TiaMariie Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2014  Student General Artist
Lol! It was pretty fun and hilarious for me and my boyfriend. XD
oukamiyoukai45 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student General Artist
glad you have fun XD
adorain Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this is great! I already have ideas in my head ^_^
oukamiyoukai45 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student General Artist


i'm glad to hear it's working ^^

EpicnessOfArt Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013
Very helpful, thank you!

oukamiyoukai45 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student General Artist

you're welcome

Teruko-san Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I have a confession to make. :iconmingplz: I've been trying to beat a horrible art block for over 2 months now and a little while ago decided that I needed to try my hand at something that I've never done before, I just didn't know what it should be. Then I saw some of your art in my inbox and felt inspired to try make something like your lovely sphinxes and dragons and creatures, since I haven't drawn animals or the like in quite some years. It's been great and the creature that I started out just doodling and playing around with has become a new OC of mine. ^^
oukamiyoukai45 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Student General Artist


so which one of your ocs? I would like to see them.

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