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Old 08-08-2005, 10:23 AM   #1
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Hey guys,

I'm stuck. I have no creativity. My drawings turn out crappy. When I attempt to draw my own characters, many times I give up cause I can't think of anything original. I mean, I can't even draw a t-shirt and shorts. What's going on?!
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Old 08-08-2005, 10:42 AM   #2
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I think the amount of posts like these we get here is funny. They are all the same too.

The secret to creativity is that there's no secret to creativity. Think of things. Realise that they are stupid. Think of new things. That's all you can do.
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Old 08-08-2005, 11:30 AM   #3
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I hate to sound dumb, but how can I think of new things when I can't think of anything?
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Old 08-08-2005, 11:55 AM   #4
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An illusion "original" is.
Learn from things you like, you must.
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Old 08-08-2005, 12:09 PM   #5
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You can think of something, you're just too stupid to realise it. It's not hard, watch, I'll do it right now.

How about a monster made out of garbage that collects human legs. There you go, an idea.
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Old 08-08-2005, 12:09 PM   #6
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I agree with FF. Just draw something. Anything. Creativity will come afterwards..
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Old 08-08-2005, 11:20 PM   #7
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Hey guys,

I'm stuck. I have no creativity. My drawings turn out crappy. When I attempt to draw my own characters, many times I give up cause I can't think of anything original. I mean, I can't even draw a t-shirt and shorts. What's going on?!
Sounds like a lack of experience, practice, and patience to me.
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Old 08-08-2005, 11:25 PM   #8
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You can also get high and draw/jot down ideas then =P
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And most importantly, you should stop to force yourself to draw if you lack inspiration at the moment.
Sometimes a longer break is really helpful.
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Old 08-09-2005, 07:25 PM   #10
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You can also get high and draw/jot down ideas then =P
That idea is actually much worse then it sounds . . .
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Old 08-09-2005, 09:18 PM   #11
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Sounds like a lack of experience, practice, and patience to me.
I think that is it. :p But how do I get experience? Do I take classes? Do I copy other works? Do I desperately look for instructions on the internet? That's where I'm stuck. It's really not the creativity I need, it's a bunch of hows.
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Old 08-10-2005, 09:08 AM   #12
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Yo, cr3ativity is overat3d, yo. I just copy stuff I s33n on t3h int3rn3ts, Yo. It works 3v3ry tim3. No 3ffort r3quir3d, ya know wassup.

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Old 08-10-2005, 09:56 AM   #13
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I think that is it. :p But how do I get experience? Do I take classes? Do I copy other works? Do I desperately look for instructions on the internet? That's where I'm stuck. It's really not the creativity I need, it's a bunch of hows.
To get experience... Do whatever you want to do, and whatever you can do. As long as you are doing SOMETHING.

Classes are great if you can get them. Anatomy/life drawing lessons will certainly help. If you can't get them, get some books. I reccomend not buying a random book. Get opinions on them first, and weigh them against other books.

In my opinion, there is nothing wrong with copying or even tracing people's work, if you are just trying to learn. Taking credit for it by posting it, recoloring it, or something without the artist's permission is the only no-no.

Instructions on the internet are fine. We have tutorial sections for that purpose. Instructions can come from anywhere, but don't let them rule you to the point you can't develop your own style and technique. It's ok to be inspired by someone else's and mimic their style permenantly, also in my opinion. There is a difference between mimicking and stealing.

Whatever works for you.
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Old 08-10-2005, 10:45 AM   #14
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That's what I was looking for. Alright, thanks BBOD. Any more help from anyone would be great.
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Old 08-10-2005, 07:40 PM   #15
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I have found that walking around works... Just observing and carrying around a sketchpad to draw in if you find anything worth while. Sometimes I'll see something and by itself isn't worth drawing but a situation will run through my head involving it and that gets my creativity flowing. If that doesn't work... Eat your sketchpad because that's all its worth now.

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