Breaking Out of Ruts, or Breaking Out New Art Tools

Have you ever felt overwhelmed, stressed and unable to go on? Sometimes we work and pressure ourselves so much that we did our own ruts and trap ourselves. This was me recently; I got so wrapped up in what defines a successful artist and how I wasn’t “there” yet that I drove myself to the…

Have you ever felt overwhelmed, stressed and unable to go on? Sometimes we work and pressure ourselves so much that we did our own ruts and trap ourselves. This was me recently; I got so wrapped up in what defines a successful artist and how I wasn’t “there” yet that I drove myself to the point of exhaustion. I desperately needed a mental break. Unfortunately we can’t always step away from the situation. In these situations it can be helpful to try experimenting.

Rather than walking away from art completely for a few days, I chose to learn and practice a new tool. Since it would be a learning experience, I was removing the pressure of creating a “perfect” sellable art piece from myself. I gave myself free reign to experiment, play and just have fun. I wasn’t slacking off as technically I was learning a new skill, but the pressure wasn’t there.

I chose to practice my digital art skills. My husband is always encouraging me learning digital art as it opens up the potential job market greatly, whilst still allowing me to practice and learn the fundamentals of art. A quality painting is still a painting, no matter what form it presents itself, right?

Digital Art Isometric Grass Tile
Digital Art Isometric Grass Tile

I still have pretty much no experience with painting digitally. It’s an entirely different beast; your “pencil” doesn’t handle anything like a traditional pencil. Keeping my project small and simple, I was inspired by my childhood dream of being a video game creator. Isometric art, when done right, can be incredibly beautiful. I think of artistic games such as the MMO Wakfu or the game Bastion.

Experimenting with this new art form, and removing the self-pressure of selling products, has certainly revived my creativity. I went from wanting to walk away from art and painting completely, to feeling renewed with energy and seeking out inspiration.

So the next time you are feeling a bit burnt out and unable to go on holiday, why not switch it up for a little why? Or have you already done this? What was your experience?

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