I'm so glad I found your tumblr! Scary Go Round was the first webcomic I ever read & it will always be a huge influence to me. I'm writing a graphic novel and the more that unfolds the more I realize I've barely scraped the surface. But also, from the 50+ pages I've produced so far I've seen my style develop & my skill improve. Some days all I can manage is to ink what I already have, other days I can whip out 2 pages start to finish. Do you have advice for getting through creative brain blocks?
All my tricks for getting through blocks involve either getting focus when I can’t focus, or making sure I never have to come up with an idea from nothing - unless I really want to. My ideas go through a lot of stages, to the point where when I come to write a page, I know pretty clearly exactly what it has to be about. That way I can concentrate on enjoying writing it.
There are days when I sit down to draw, and I don’t want to draw. It’s usually because I’m tired, or distracted. I try never to schedule a heavy day of drawing after exhausting travel or high stress, because I know I won’t be into it. If it’s unavoidable, I try to do the heavy creative lifting before I have to, so if I know I have to send Sunday doing something that will have me working sub-par on Monday, I’ll do the pencils ahead of time on Friday. That way it’s just a case of doing leg-work rather than composition and layout, which I find challenging.
Everyone is different, but if I am struggling, I find that sitting in silence rather than listening to music, helps. I also like pink noise - I find it very helpful as an aid to concentration. I turn off my phone, I disconnect my Wi-Fi. The fewer distractions I have, the more likely I am to suddenly become “inspired”.
I think these are muscles you build with time - good luck!