Many people imagine artists to be limitless, perpetually inspired creative minds, which is not true. An art student can face a wall like anyone else. First of all, it is necessary to break down the steps to follow in the face of a fuel exhaustion. Of course, this list is not exhaustive. There are many strategies to adopt when nothing comes up against the title of a subject. Read on to find out more.
Method 1 of 4: Shell
Step 1. Keep Calm
If the subject does not arouse anything in you, do not panic: it is common, especially at the beginning of your studies. Most of the time, the subjects are made to be diverted, pushed back, taken out of their first degree, a pretext for production in short.
- If, however, it is the big white, arm yourself with a pencil and a sheet and take the words one by one. In this way, build up a tree structure from the different concepts that you identify within the subject.
- Very often these are designed to be able to mean a lot of things at once. With one idea usually calling for another, the further away you are from your first reading, the more leads you will find that interest you and that you can dig deeper into. Do not hesitate to search directly on the internet or in documentation centers in order to feed and reference your work.
However, it is possible that this method left you even more confused than the subject itself when you first heard it. Which leads to the second method
Method 2 of 4: Seek advice
Step 1. Chat with others
Here again, the myths are tough: the solitary artist whose inspiration comes out of nowhere and who revolutionizes the world, that does not exist. Everyone builds themselves with what they watch, read, hear. This is why discussing is important in order to mature in your work.
- First, if you get stuck: talk to your friends. If you are an art student, you are bound to have people around you who are in the same situation as you. Talking about your tracks can remind them of artists you haven't thought of or know. Beyond references they can suggest ideas to you, sometimes a simple discussion can bring several pieces together or just think of something else.
- You can also turn to your teachers. Even if it is a step to take, it is very important. Already so as not to have to justify everything on the day of the credits. Also for the same reasons as for friends: references, another look. The more you talk to them, the clearer what they expect from you will become, really, there is no downside to going to them (other than possibly times when they will say it's not okay and have to start over, but that's one of the disappointments that will happen for sure).
It is sometimes also important to be validated in your choices to move a project forward. In short, sticking around is rarely productive
Method 3 of 4: Take a break
Step 1. Change your mind
There are times when, despite all the previous points, it just doesn't come. So you might as well go for a walk, play sports, watch a movie. There are unexpected clicks in such moments!
Step 2. Flip the topic to your advantage
What do you think I'm doing? Taking things at face value can work (but not all the time either).
Method 4 of 4: Repeat
Step 1. Give yourself time
Maybe you need a little more time? It has happened to others.