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Ran out of ideas


Okay so I really want to practice more on my art especially on anatomy and stuff but I think I ran outta ideas on what to draw now. Anyone here can suggest some different themes or styles for me and how do you guys usually overcome your artist block?


Well-Known Member
1. scribble... like imagine im as small as the tip of the pen/cil and running on the paper, then run around all over the paper

2. draw from life / nature ...even if it is like, draw where the horizon is then draw blobs or geometric shapes to separate out where other reference anchor points are

3. for anatomy / figure stuff, draw your reflection in the mirror 6 very diffferent poses. it can be fast or detailed but using your own body as reference is helpful too.

4. try drawing 20 pictures with detail of your own hands doing different things- notice wht you do in a day and how it looks to do those things, then draw !

5. copy other people's art to learn from it (not to publish of course , without giving cred). such an awesome way to understand the logic in somebody's style and perspective!


New Member
I think it's good to practice human anatomy regularly, a lot of the information carries over to different animals as well so it's a good starting place. I like to do studies of Michael Hampton's anatomy drawings, he separates muscle groups by color, which I think is helpful. Andrew Loomis also put out some very good books which are useful for learning anatomy. Another good way to practice is to download an anatomy app, preferably one with a 3d model so you can rotate and isolate muscles and you can practice drawing anatomy from different angles. An artist who I feel put out some really good videos on anatomy are Sycra, you can find a lot of his older anatomy videos on YouTube, and I always thought they were super helpful because he usually goes pretty in depth. After doing that, it's helpful to do figure studies, and gesture drawing- a good YouTube channel for that is CroquisCafe. They have hundreds of videos of all sorts of different models in different poses. I use it for practicing poses regularly.

I wouldn't worry about style too much just yet, because if you're not really confident with fundamentals like anatomy, gesture, perspective, composition, proportion, etc... style won't help you produce better art.

As far as artists block, when I feel like I can't draw, I usually resort to doing studies of the fundamentals, that usually helps. Also if you draw too much, it can also help to take a break, which can sometimes help the feeling of artists block. The last thing I'd recommend for when you really feel like you can't draw, is just to draw something that's in your comfort zone, and focus on having fun with it, don't care about the results. The more you're enjoying drawing, the more likely you'll produce good work.

Hope you found this helpful,