Whenever I’m stuck with my art, I don’t let myself look at any other artwork. If I do, I start to compare myself to everyone else and waste so much time “getting inspired” that I don’t even get back into the studio.
Instead I play with water-soluble oil pastels in one of my coloring books or paint backgrounds to let go.
That way, when I come back to painting my characters, my creativity is open and free for mess making.
In pretty much every painting I use acrylic paints, acrylic inks, oil paintsticks, liquid watercolors, paint pens and water-soluble pencil.
Then when I hit an ugly stage or when I’ve been painting over a face again and again, I go into my supply closet and get something I haven’t used in a while for new inspiration.
Sometimes it just takes a new color or art supply to get me playing again. It reminds me of being a child and the freedom I felt coloring on a blanket in the backyard. From that place of joy, I can let go and be loose in my art again.
I hope it keeps you inspired!