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Hi folks! Hope everybody's doing well. Winter is here, and with it a lot of snow (well, depends on where you live) but I'm almost certain you will get an artist block some point between Winter and Spring.

Creativity is something alive, so it seems. It has a will of its own. Sometimes it's as transient as morning mist - one moment you get this blast of inspiration, and the next it's gone and you're left with a pencil in your hand and nothing on the paper. Sometimes it's that feeling that hits you like a brick at night as you're trying to go to sleep. You spend the whole day with nothing and as you lie down in bed, you're attacked by ideas and images. Other times it disappears for days, weeks, months. Those I find are the nastier monsters because it's hard not to feel empty inside. At the same time, you can rarely force it to come back to you.

So with Winter Art Blocks on the way, here's some advice on how to deal with them.

1) 36.media.tumblr.com/120f789fd1…

Draw. Get up, pick up a pencil, draw a line. Draw two. Draw a circle. Draw a cloud. Just get your pencil or tablet pen moving. It's like static and kinetic friction, if you pardon the Science. It takes a lot of energy to get going, but when you start, there's far less resistance than since when you've begun. This isn't the best advice for everybody, but do give it a try.

2) Creative exposure. Watch a movie, read a book, walk outside and look around at what nature or the urban landscape has to offer. Listen to music. Cook something. Basically, /do/ things. Do things not art related, and let them stir up inspiration on their own time. Do something else you enjoy! You might be able to get ideas for a new pursuit from these things.

2.5) Half joking, but try doing the opposite of art. Science, technical work, programming, mathematics. Back in High School I always had an urge to draw after doing calculus problems, and on the reverse, I'd want to do my math homework in art class! I'm 99% sure this applies to at least 5% of the artists out there. ;) Remember, if you use one side of your brain a lot you'll end up getting exhausted really quickly. Switching between them frequently keeps both fresh and ready to go, so who knows maybe this is sound advice and I'm not crazy.

At the end of the day, we're all different. We all like different things, and we get artist blocks for different lengths of time, if at all, and we deal with them in different ways. You should take a cue from your other hobbies and pursuits to find a way to break the block, but remember! Don't force creativity. It's alive. Tempting it with a carrot is probably better than chasing it around to throw it back into your head! Odd metaphor. Hope this helps someone. :)
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Even in Death
  • Playing: With Reality
  • Eating: Flesh
  • Drinking: Fle - wait crap
Venetian Plague Doctor Mask by DragonstormStudios
Venetian Plague Doctor Mask
"...whatever, in the course of my practice, I may see or hear...whatever I may happen to obtain knowledge of, if it be not proper to repeat it, I will keep sacred and secret within my own breast.

If I faithfully observe this oath, may I thrive and prosper in my fortune and profession, and live in the estimation of posterity; or on breach thereof, may the reverse be my fate!" - Parts 8 and 9 of the Hippocratic Oath

Made with craft foam and apoxie sculpt, and some laser cut MDF for the "goggles".

Giveaway prize!

Thanks for viewing. ^^
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To Blind a God by DragonstormStudios
To Blind a God

"The Revanines slew men like sheep to honour their god Craw, as they believed that human flesh nourished him, and allowed him to grant his disciples visions of the future.

It so happened that the reavers raided a temple, slew its priests and defiled its sanctuary. The temple was dedicated to the goddess Simbel, and she was wroth. Wrapping dragonskin on her shoulders, the goddess entered the Realm of the Judged with the help of a humble human thief.

Together they waylaid Craw, and while the thief distracted the god with unanswerable riddles, the goddess set her trap.

The sky fell upon them in rage as the pair escaped - the dragon had gouged out Craw's Eye of Destinies, and cast it into the yawning earth.

Without his great Eye, Craw lost his power, and vanished. The Revanines felt this loss keenly - however they took it as betrayal. Infighting tore the disciples apart, so they scattered across the earth, and were lost."

-page 36.a of the Simbellian Codex, ink on duneskin parchment.

(Ink on handmade paper that I did not make, 9" x 12")

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Koi Deer by DragonstormStudios
Koi Deer

The Koi Deer, known as the Рыболень (Ribolen') to Slavic countries and Sakana Shika to the Japanese, is a beautiful creature that is incredibly rare. If spotted, this Quilin-esque being was said to bestow incredible fortune and joy to the beholder. But if sought to be captured, it could transform its pursuers into jays. Here is one of the Koi Deer's most well known legends:

The Koi Who Ran on Land

In the middle of the Ancient Forest there was a secret pond. And in the pond there were many carp. They were all finely dressed as if for a ball, and they danced gracefully in the water. They were happy in the pond, but one koi was not. He saw reflections in the water, shifting images of leaves and trees; animals and birds that came to the pond for a drink. And he thought, would that I could see the world there and dance!
One day the River Spirit came to the pond to refresh herself. She saw the beautiful carp within, and sang to them. Most of the koi were not interested, they were too busy dancing in the water. But the young koi fish came to her call. “Hello little one” she said warmly, “why did you come to listen when your family did not?” The little fish explained his desire to the Spirit, and she laughed.
“Bring me four oaken twigs, mud from the pond and a little round pearl, and I will help you.”
The koi did as asked. He found the twigs, used his snout to dig up some mud. But a pearl he could not find. He despaired, but then a miracle happened. An eagle flew overhead with an oyster in its beak. Suddenly a hawk took to mind to take the food, and the two quarreled. In the midst of the quarrel the oyster dropped onto some rocks and broke, and a beautiful little pearl within popped out and sank into the water. The koi saw all of this, and rejoiced as he took the pearl to the waiting spirit.
She took the fish out of the water, put a glob of mud on the end of each twig, and then put them on the underside of the koi. She then rubbed the gasping fish with the little pearl, and whispered magic onto his scales. When she threw him into the water, he stepped out as a creature almost like a painted stag. His fishscales shone in the sunlight – he was a qilin.
“Go and run” Said the Spirit
And so he did.

Koi Deer is a design made up by me, the story made up by me, and it is a birthday present for a friend. ^^

Drawing done in coloured pencil on 8 x 10 paper
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Hi folks! Hope everybody's doing well. Winter is here, and with it a lot of snow (well, depends on where you live) but I'm almost certain you will get an artist block some point between Winter and Spring.

Creativity is something alive, so it seems. It has a will of its own. Sometimes it's as transient as morning mist - one moment you get this blast of inspiration, and the next it's gone and you're left with a pencil in your hand and nothing on the paper. Sometimes it's that feeling that hits you like a brick at night as you're trying to go to sleep. You spend the whole day with nothing and as you lie down in bed, you're attacked by ideas and images. Other times it disappears for days, weeks, months. Those I find are the nastier monsters because it's hard not to feel empty inside. At the same time, you can rarely force it to come back to you.

So with Winter Art Blocks on the way, here's some advice on how to deal with them.

1) 36.media.tumblr.com/120f789fd1…

Draw. Get up, pick up a pencil, draw a line. Draw two. Draw a circle. Draw a cloud. Just get your pencil or tablet pen moving. It's like static and kinetic friction, if you pardon the Science. It takes a lot of energy to get going, but when you start, there's far less resistance than since when you've begun. This isn't the best advice for everybody, but do give it a try.

2) Creative exposure. Watch a movie, read a book, walk outside and look around at what nature or the urban landscape has to offer. Listen to music. Cook something. Basically, /do/ things. Do things not art related, and let them stir up inspiration on their own time. Do something else you enjoy! You might be able to get ideas for a new pursuit from these things.

2.5) Half joking, but try doing the opposite of art. Science, technical work, programming, mathematics. Back in High School I always had an urge to draw after doing calculus problems, and on the reverse, I'd want to do my math homework in art class! I'm 99% sure this applies to at least 5% of the artists out there. ;) Remember, if you use one side of your brain a lot you'll end up getting exhausted really quickly. Switching between them frequently keeps both fresh and ready to go, so who knows maybe this is sound advice and I'm not crazy.

At the end of the day, we're all different. We all like different things, and we get artist blocks for different lengths of time, if at all, and we deal with them in different ways. You should take a cue from your other hobbies and pursuits to find a way to break the block, but remember! Don't force creativity. It's alive. Tempting it with a carrot is probably better than chasing it around to throw it back into your head! Odd metaphor. Hope this helps someone. :)
  • Mood: Tired
  • Listening to: Even in Death
  • Playing: With Reality
  • Eating: Flesh
  • Drinking: Fle - wait crap

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I am a traditional artist who is always interested in exploring new media combinations. With every work I do I strive to improve, and as a result my style is constantly evolving. I enjoy illustration, and my genres often dip into worlds of fantasy and science fiction.

I don't just stick to drawing either. I'm also an avid cosplayer! Whether its sewing, propwork, (Oh yes prop work) makeup and/or acting, I love it! Each costume is a challenge because it makes me to try something I've never done before. If you ever see me in costume, feel free to stop on by and say hi! Maybe I'll draw you something if my arms aren't busy holding up wings. ;D
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I found you on weasyl and when I saw you had a deviantart account, I just had to add you to my watch list!  You have an incredible talent with colored  pencil and I look forward to seeing more of your artwork!
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EhrenThibs Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just wanted to thank you for accepting my groups requests. You have excellent understanding of colored pencils and I really like your work. Awesome gallery by the way!  :)
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You are an amazingly talented person!
Thank you for making all of those beautiful and breath-taking artworks :icondragonhugplz:
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Your gallery is so awesome!!! O.O

thanks for faving!!!
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New name, ey? owo
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Hey, I'm the Zebra that said "I'm stalking you on D.A" :3
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