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So, my Inspiration went to buy cigarettes.

I knew what was going on, since my Inspiration doesn't smoke, so, when it didn't come back as I expected, I decided to send my Will to Draw looking for it in order to bring it back to me.
It turned out to be a bad idea, since I never saw either of them again.
It's about a month now.

No need to mention how much I could use their help right now. 
I tried to do things without them, but it didn't really work out... Of course I can still draw, it's not like one can lose the ability to do something when head traumas are not involved. Problem is, I'd rather wash dishes or spend the whole morning on the couch with my dog as a blanket than draw.
I know what people like to say in this cases... 
"It's not art block, it's just you being lazy"
Yeah right, I'm so lazy I'd rather clean the whole house or stare the wall the whole day than do what I love the most. You're a genius, my problem is solved now, thanks.
"Then keep drawing anyway!" 
I did it. Ironically, they even gave me a DD for what I did while trying to force me to draw anyway. 
Did Inspiration and Will come back after that? 
Sadly no. If possible, I think it even worsened the situation, like "look at her, getting praised for a work she was going to throw away and still complaining she has art block, go waste someone else's time"...

Truth is, there seems to be no point trying to lure them with insults or commiseration. 
I just need to wait. 
I'll be there, eating chocolate while snuggling on the couch with my dog, and at some point they'll be too cold and too hungry to resist and they'll come back to me. 

Because I have chocolate. 
And a huge, fluffy dog.

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Kanzer-TheOnly Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, you know what you should do? Take the extra time to watch those series, shows and films or read those books you've been meaning to for a while. Everybody's got a "to-watch" or "to-read" list they can hardly come back to because they lack the time. Just spend some extra time watching great shows and getting into awesome stories, not only because they're a great place to find your inspiration again, because doing something you like is always enjoyable and that's enough reason to do it already.

Take your time off and enjoy it!
Finf Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2013
Nothing can resist a huge fluffy dog.
Saihai Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
Then I'll sit and wait with you in that couch. 
DawnZiarte Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
"Because I have chocolate. And a huge, fluffy dog."
(I love that lol)
However you manage to get yourself back into your groove, that sounds like a good start. Ignore everyone who's complaining about it, it's not their problem to make judgments on. Do what you want to do. :)
Sadifer Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Can we get an Amen?
hisuikousei Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
*hugs* Speaking more as a writer - take the time to try something new! Try something you never thought you would, and even if it doesn't work out, at least you tried and learned something from it! Or, do something completely unrelated! Or eat chocolate! Or even, make chocolate! :P
But whatever you feel like doing right now - do it, and don't feel bad about not drawing, even though one of the hardest things sometimes can be /not/ to draw. :D
MrDpom Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Staying at home and doing the same thing over and over will not help. You gotta go out, see the world. whether thats online or offline. You can wait for inspiration to come to you, but that might take years, but if you go outside, go for a walk or watch a bunch of movies. Maybe something will pop up, idk, Im just a crappy writer with writers block. But the best inspiration Ive had was from  outside sources. 
Luciana-Lu Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013
Hey girl!  I wish your inspiration come back soon. Its so hard to work without it, things come out but take more or starts to work in a different way than the usual x__X

I'm going to give you some suggestions to help you but I'm not sure if the weather around this time helps, but if so why not try :) ?  For me when I'm passing for a period like this I try to go out for some place different from where I work always bringing music with me. Top first place that helps me much is the beach. Others are woods, plazas, malls and theaters (cinema). Bicycle walk, any green areas, or eat in a place you never went before with friends. Going to the stationery, visiting old places from my life does help too sometimes. In overall going to any place that is different from the place I work helps a lot. Taking of the work landscape from my eyes and replacing it for sometime with other place helps me.
Hope I could help a bit :)

Now I'm in need of making the company who provides me internet cry some blood tears, because it have been a hell here to work with this unstable...thing lol. Can't even call it internet connection anymore OTL

lyciphur Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist
I just want to support you a bit. 
Your art is an inspiration for me, and I really hope you will find something that will ignite your inspiration one again. /hug, I really know how it feels. 
best luck to you :)  
FaeryWing Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You know, they're really there in the room with you. They've just changed their form enough that it's difficult to see them. Relax, chill and enjoy. You'll experience or do something that will give you a different perspective and then ... viola! You'll be able to see them again! Because they are yours and they never really leave. Promise=D
mysteriouswhitewolf Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lol this describes me so well. Hahaha
YKajitaka Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
...  o.o  I love how you put this down, so why don't you see if Will to Write is in?
Euxiom Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
If chocolate and fluffy dogs don't bring them back...we'll just have to mount a bounty on their heads. :nod:
Pirate-Jenny Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You're not lazy at all. The most important thing right now is for you to take care of yourself. There's no shame or weakness in getting burned out. Do things that you want to do, and spend time with people who are good for you. They'll be back. <3
Lysandr-a Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
I love your work. I really do. I didn't notice that both of them had run away. 
Shame on me! Really : Shame on me!

I know this state. Bad for me that I know this state really really well. I had burned myself a year ago and it still hurst.

The only cure I have for you is to think only on yourself, The action you are gonna do - does it bring some good for community(such a comission) or good for yourself ? Take a good for yourself. Don't do a comissons. There are a lot of artists starwing for work. Let them do it.
You have a limited bucket of "creative energy". Don't spend it on comissions. Save it for yourself.
Isn't it fulll enough to do art? Do not do any comissons (they will drain your bucket of enegy anyhow even if it doesn't look like any creative work to you.). Just relax. 
Please, find time to just enjoy yourself, or the books you like to read, or the company you like to enjoy, or anything whitch doesn't drain energy from you.

Be selfish. You are not a fontain of energy for everyone. Your powers are limited - please remember this.

I really, really love your work. I wish you just relax, take time and enjoy yourselves.
I am going through a same problem now, but I see now that there is a solution. You cant satisfie everyone. There are two ways of living - being original or do comicssions and the ideas of others. 
It is your choice which one is gonna suit you.
I decided to be original and now I am trying to refill my bucket of energy.
I hope you will decide what is right for you.
As i said - I love your work, whatever path you will choose.
I wish you luck
bunocerous Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
This is so good, I'm not even jealous of your DD.
KiminoLOVECHARM Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
What gets me going is looking at people's art who inspire me, or hearing a new song.  I know that doesn't help you at all.
DeeDraws Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
art block blows, but everyone gets it sometimes :) Inspiration is likely fraught with guilt by this point and may have taken up smoking just to ease the pain, but s/he'll come around and bring Will too.
(also, omg do you have any pics of your fluffy blanket dog?????????)
SpigaRose Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
prendono a tutti questi momenti, non disperare. Ho letto molti buoni consigli scritti prima di me ma se non bastassero ne aggiungo un altro, quando anche io non  riesco a disegnare mi metto a vedere tonnellate di serie, e quelle che mi appassionano di più mi fanno venire mille idee in testa, magari non sarò tanto brava da saperne realizzare alcune ma porca paletta, tra tutte quelle che mi vengono in mente una uscirà pure bene v.v
buona fortuna :heart: spero passi presto questo periodo :hug:
EarthgirlSiliana Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I can understand your problem. Me is helping to do things i don´t do regular. Like singing in the supermarked. No not really. I think you should give you some days of and do things you wanted to do but never had the time. Maybe Bungee Jumping or something else.
Shatiel85 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
non darti la colpa :hug:
hai provato a leggere qualcosa o a uscire e fare una passeggiata per esempio in un parco o in un bosco o in campagna...? l'autunno è a mio parere la stagione che mi ispira di più...

un abbraccione :* e prestami il tuo fluffoso cagnolone :D ne ho bisogno pure io!
Evil-is-Relative Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
I'm having largely the same problem--I'm just trying to do a few new things, and read some books or watch some new shows. Anything that sparks an interest could be the key. Hope it works better for you than it has for me so far. Keep snuggling!
MerenRave Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
lol I know lacking inspiration and the muse running off sucks. But reading this just...I had to laugh so much. The way you wrote it is just priceless. 
sionra Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I wish those two will come back soon.. without cigarettes of course.
SenaRe Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There's been times my muse has just up and run off, they just go on strike and all you can do is wait and hope you can get a few dribbles out.  For now just snuggle your fluffy dog, enjoy your chocolate or anything else you want.  When they finally come back they'll probably run you ragged.
DreamingxAshley Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Will likes to take a vacation in the warm tropical south when it's winter where I live.. so I could spend months without her comfort... Inspiration sometimes does too, but usually she's sitting next to me giving me ideas and I just sigh and stare at the walls or screen.

Being an artist isn't as easy as some people seem to think it is.
CrescentMoon Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can't agree more: inspiration is not a muse, she a fucking flirty bitch! When you want her to stay with you, she goes jiggling with someone else, waving her hair with her hand and looking at you with that nasty smile. It happens that she is also jealous when you go play around with the other girls (not literally speaking, though), she wants you back. So my advice is: keep your mind busy with other things. Go out, play videogames, see a good series, read a new book, drink with friends or just have fun, but do not try to gain her back or you will make things worse! She will come running if she notices you don't need her anymore. That bitchy bitch! XD
raka-raka Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
Fatti un progetto con una deadline. Se ti forzi ad una cosa del genere poi dopo hai una voglia di disegnare altro che non sai dove metterla...almeno per me è così! : )
crazzy-green Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah i know the feeling, mine went away and still most of the time i feel like everything i produce is done for the sake of just doing it, but sometimes i get a flash of something quite amazing, but still wayy out off my skill set...then i get depressed and so on, but now i learned that i just should take those flashes by the horns sketch them out the best i can and wait till i can make them justice sometime in future when my immediate inspiration is on leave. 
And now back on to your problem, maybe go do something you usually don't do, maybe read some books, watch movies, doodle, but don't worry, it'll come back when it's ready and charged.
LuckyKoneko Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I so totally know that feeling.
Captain-Savvy Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know the feeling...  I know it all too well. I hope you'll feel better soon!
ILikeCommas Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Writer…

Draw a dog made out of chocolate!
dracontiar Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Whoo, I know that story. Mine went for a break sometime in high school, and I had to hire one on a daily basis here and there to get by. Then college happened, and I guess I got blacklisted, or something. No muse would do business with me, and there was no sign of my original one. My original thought was that she was on maternity leave. Considering how long it was before I actually started to like drawing again, I'm guess the original died, and her daughter came back to help. It just took her a year or two to stop bumbling around so much and get to her job so I could finally enjoy getting to mine.


Assuming you didn't lose inspiration due to a soul-sucking experience in a contemporary studio art program, yours will probably come back from her dalliances soon enough. Just be sure to put her to work on overtime when she does. :)
lorrinheart Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Good luck pulling through this. The bast I can say is to pull inspiration from what you have (chocolates and a big fluffy dog)
Nyrn-Aeh Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know that feeling quite well, my inspiration and will both went to buy cigarettes around 2 years ago and never came back since. I'm still wondering if they went away for good or will come back someday.
The best you can do is wait, I think. As you said, there is no point in trying to force them to go back.
mirz333 Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013   General Artist
I really really hate when people say, "art block doesn't exist--you're just making excuses." I had a serious block for 6 months and I wrote and created during that time, and the block was still there.

As you said, sometimes all you can do is wait. Time heals, even art-block. Just hoping it comes back sooner than later.
PandaAGoGo Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Maybe they're both out having a really nice, er, long dinner together...? Or going for a lovely stroll to freshen themselves up a bit. Anyways, hope you find them again soon. :hug:
LadyDeddelit Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
è normale avere un periodo in cui non ci si sente ispirati secondo me dipende molto dal fatto che il gusto si sta evolvendo in quel periodo, e  così  non ci si sente soddisfatti di quello che si fa perche non  si confà ai nuovi canoni/standard ..oddio , credo di essere un po contorta XD
comunque...mhh senti  queste  proposte..

proposta A: prendi il cane e un bel blocco da disegno e te ne vai al parco a disegnare quello che vedi ( pioggia permettendo ) per fare un po di esrcizio..
Proposta B: Prendi un treno e ti fai un rilassante weekend a napoli a disegnare con la tua amica Giada  e lei ti porta nella fabbrica di cioccolata :) (questa è la mia preferita)

come le vedi ??

comunque tranquilla, l'ispirazione tornerà, se no ti aiuto io ad andarla a cercare e la riportiamo a casa per le orecchie..
che poi anche se non ti senti ispirata i tuoi lavori son stupendi uguale ^^
Martina-G Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Comprendo benissimo, il blocco è una delle cose peggiori dell'universo per me =_=
Di solito mi sforzo comunque di disegnare ma ciò che esce è l'orroreH.
Purtroppo aspettare che passi è l'unica: tu per ora distraiti con altro, leggi/videogioca(se ti piace)/guarda film e serie tv/esci/scrivi... prima o poi l'ispirazione torna. Se te la senti ogni tanto scarabocchia qualcosa, tanto per tenerti in allenamento, se no lascia la matita lì dove sta. Prima o poi l'ispirazione torna, tranquilla! :heart:
DamaiMikaz Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know the feeling T__T

What always helped me during art block, was to remind the reason I started doing art in general. Sometimes popularity and commissions (and other obligations) become so influential in your life, that you forget the reason you started doing art. I've been following your project Animae for a while, and considering the massive amount of story behind those drawings, I assume you had something that got you started on that. I had a similar project (a large story, for which I do artwork as well). And I've been uninspired for many times as well. But it always helped me to read back old story's or see old drawings and think of the thing that inspired me to get started on that in the first place :)
CristianaLeone Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
:( :huggle: Capisco... questi maledetti momenti capitano anche a me, e a quanto pare sono comuni tra chi ha velleità artistiche... Non so da cosa dipendano... Se lo sapessi riuscirei ad evitarli, del resto. Ma è come se quel qualcosa di vivo e creativo che abbiamo dentro si spegnesse all'improvviso e senza ragione... E dalla mia esperienza posso dire che non serve cercare di riaccenderlo a tutti i costi, anzi si ottiene l'effetto contrario... -_- Prima o poi si riaccende da solo fortunatamente, bisogna solo sperare che succeda prima possibile... :hug: E te lo auguro, davvero! Spero davvero che tu riesca a superarlo al più presto!!! Se ti può consolare... pensa a me che ne ho avuto uno lungo 5 anni... -_- Da pazzi.
E non è vero che sei pigra o altro! Non è vero! Non ti buttare giù ulteriormente! Anzi, "sfrutta" questo momento, magari per fare altro, qualsiasi altra cosa ti piaccia, magari sperimentando anche cose nuove! Tenerti impegnata aiuta!^^ E anche la cioccolata naturalmente! :heart:

:hug: Ti mando un abbraccio sperando che tu possa tornare in fase creativa al più presto!! :heart:

Ps: l'ho sempre detto che il fumo fa male, cmq! =P
Justyne Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I have a huuuge fluffy dog too!

As for inspiration: It often comes from unexpected places. Give yourself a break from whatever it is you normally spend most of your art time on and go do something else with it. 

As a writer I've at times given in to writing user manuals for open source projects or playing my characters in shitty online RPGs (not that there aren't good ones out there) just to take the pressure out of things and remind myself why I love creating. I don't know if its the same for you, but I sometimes get overwhelmed by my own expectations for myself and it makes me nearly incapable of producing anything. Talk about depression. 

So my advice on all of this is ... teach some kids how to draw stick figures and hunt for joy. 

Hope you feel better soon. 
breezeblown Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2013
I get this. Wishing you good luck and patience.
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