This is a repost of my reply to a message by one of our members at Drawing Ideas Community on creativity and artist blocks and when you don’t feel like starting.
I expand on it a bit more for some context and offer some tips that I have found to be helpful to me.
I’m more inclined to think that what feels like a creative block is often nothing more than just resistance (as has been well articulated by Steven Pressfield in his classic book The War of Art)
I always had difficulties concentrating and was diagnosed with ADHD in my childhood. This explains why so often during class I would just doodle on paper, which seemed to be a great escape at the time. This mind-wandering activity has resulted in thousands of drawings, sketches, and doodles over the years…
Fast forward to this day. Whether I’m on the phone, waiting for something, or doing anything that requires concentration, drawing is the most effortless, entertaining escape.
Yet, when concentration is needed most, like when I have to sit down to work on an actual commission or a personal project, I end up experiencing the same restlessness that would normally urge me to draw something. So, what’s going on here?
My theory is that the resistance I experience comes not from the act of producing art itself, but from the conditions and setting. In any other scenario, I escape from that effort and concentration by drawing, however I have to force myself into those states if I want to draw to complete my work…
So, how to overcome creative blocks and find the motivation to draw?
This is what I have found that works for me, and I hope you find it helpful.