Last night I think I discovered the source of my long lingering artblock.
I’ve been trying to push my style to be more fluid and animated, but not to the point where it gets oversimplified or “cartoony.” That sort of style doesn’t really fit with the subject matter I like to draw most of the time. But I’m kind of stuck in this weird limbo between my current style and how far I want to push it.
I also have the problem of how I draw men versus women. I tend to put a lot more detail into male faces whereas I tend to draw women very simplified (and I really need to step back from the huge eyes. Getting that “same face” syndrome going on).
I really don’t like my style in its current state and I feel that that is the main issue I haven’t been pushing myself to draw more. I’m going to have to bite the bullet, cut myself off from distractions and throw myself back into it, because this lack of creating is taking its toll on my well being. I have SO many things I want to draw, but my current skillset isn’t where I want it to be and I end up getting too frustrated and quit.
All that said, I have been making progress. Slow progress, but progress nonetheless. I just need to keep the frustration from getting to the point where it keeps me from trying.
Oh artist woes :P