My Brain Hurts, Does Yours?



  • So, it's been a week since the last assignment and I've been plugging away brainstorming the next prompt. My dilemma; I've got so may ideas (literally ten pages of notes) I can't see the forrest for the trees. Is it me, or do other artist have the same experience? The last project was so frustrating that I just ran out of time and had to go with a half-baked idea. I had enough time to render it okay, but the idea itself didn't really translate. My "vision" didn't really come through. Is this "normal" for a beginner or is it just me?! How do I push passed cliche?



  • It can be difficult to come up with ideas and then finalize one. Sometimes you figure out what you are going to do, breathe a sigh of relief, start on it and then realize it isn't necessarily the best. Then you have to decide to scrap it and start over or push through and "fix it" or muddle through and do the best you can with it as is.

    10-pages seems like a lot though. You may be over thinking it. You did very well on the last challenge so just relax, go with your instincts, and have fun with it.

    Maybe pick a couple ideas and sketch them out and post them.



  • Sounds like it's time to start doing a couple thumbnails, see which of your ideas fit in with your composition :)



  • @Suzy-Heitz So far (although it is early) I've seen the following ideas:

    1 Elves dressed as reindeer (several people, myself included)
    2 Some kind of large monster (several people, myself included)
    3 Some kind of machine (airplane--one person)
    4 Various animals one wouldn't normally associate with Santa/and or pulling a sleigh (several people)
    5 Santa giving the reindeer's medicine to help them not be sick (only one person--I thought this was a pretty clever twist on the idea).

    I think all the ones showing different animals have taken place in the air.

    The field is still wide open though. Even if the prompt was: "draw this specific scene with these specific elements" we'd still have a wide and interesting variety due to everyone's different style, camera angle, color choices, etc.



  • @mattramsey Thanks, Matt. :) Yes, I concur with your list. I had some similar ideas on my early list. Now it's gone passed (way passed) the literal words of the prompt. LOL Yes, it is a lot of paper. That's probably some of my braintangle; too may things to juggle. I agree, Lynn. Maybe once I start on more thumbnails it will help me weed out the lame ducks. :) Thanks y'all!



  • @Suzy-Heitz My current "go-to" method is to browse the work of artists that I admire. It doesn't even have to be images that are related to what I'm trying to draw. If I'm lucky, I'll find a few things in the images that spark an idea: it could be the composition they've used, or their color palette, or the emotion that the image evokes in me.



  • @Suzy-Heitz Ow, thats recognizable.
    What I do is start sketching some of my idea's that pick the one I like the most, and work with that.
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    The Joy is in the Process!
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  • @shinjifujioka said:

    My current "go-to" method is to browse the work of artists that I admire. It doesn't even have to be images that are related to what I'm trying to draw. If I'm lucky, I'll find a few things in the images that spark an idea: it could be the composition they've used, or their color palette, or the emotion that the image evokes in me.

    This is usually my method as well. It's a great way to come up with some really unique ideas. Things you wouldn't have thought of on your own.



  • @shinjifujioka said:

    @Suzy-Heitz My current "go-to" method is to browse the work of artists that I admire. It doesn't even have to be images that are related to what I'm trying to draw. If I'm lucky, I'll find a few things in the images that spark an idea: it could be the composition they've used, or their color palette, or the emotion that the image evokes in me.

    This is pretty much mine as well. It's like that quote commonly attributed to Picaso: "...great artists steal."



  • My ideas are becoming more organized today. I've been sketching and picking out the emotions I'm more connected to. I took out some of my favorite books to use as compositional springboard. ...diving in!



  • It sounds like you have plenty of ideas! I also agree with with not over-thinking it. Ask what does your gut instinct say, what do you really fancy drawing? If you are excited by it, then that will naturally shine through in your work...