A blank canvas. The mortal enemy of so many artists. Some of them hate it, most of them fear it so much that they give up.
Here’s the thing: the problem isn’t the canvas (or whatever medium your art manifests on) being blank, the problem is your MIND being blank.
Now you may be OK with waiting for inspiration to strike every single time you want to start a piece, but if you’re tired of waiting, I’ve got some tips for you:
- Start with a concept.
Is there an unique core idea that you want to present or explore? Having one will make your work stand out A LOT more, as well as help you make decisions along the way because you have a goal to make sense of things.
One thing to help you to never run out of concepts is to have a notebook or sketchbook where you can just write down crazy and cool ideas when they come to your head. Also be sure to see and experience lots of different things, not just art and most importantly not just YOUR type of art.
- Focus the idea and remove clutter.
Sometimes you have too many ideas and want to jam them all into a single work. This is really bad. Not only will it make your work confusing, it will also confuse and overwhelm YOU!
Identify your MAIN concept, and remove anything that doesn’t support it directly. I know it’s hard to let go of something that sounds cool, but you can always save it for it’s own separate work.
- See the big picture before starting.
This is where you actually start making stuff. But don’t just jump into the so called “final” artwork. Be sure to check out lots of references, make lots of sketches and THEN choose one of those sketches to turn into the final piece. This way you’ll get a feeling for what the piece is going to be and if it is in fact presenting your idea in the best way possible before starting.
Now a disclaimer: Many times (specially in the beginning) the final work won’t match what you had in mind. It can be even better and that’s GREAT, but if it’s not, the solution is simple: Start a new project and MAKE IT BETTER. Remember to aim for progress instead of perfection.
This applies to any kind of art. Hope that helps.