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July 27


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Dear, deviantart fellow artists  

Sometimes we tend to feel unmotivated and uninspired to do anything... but there are also those blissful moments of creativity, when inspiration strikes and time goes by unnoticed. Not getting distracted, going with the flow, so merged in the process, that there is no need to do anything else until the work gets done. But how to get in that mood more often..? Here are some ways/tips that helped me over the time. :)


Prince of Egypt - the parting of the Red Sea

1. Prepare your work space

Make the place you work as comfortable and useful as possible. Clean the desk from all the clutter, gather your tools in a most accessible way, organize in order to avoid mess. Set the according light, have some inspiring quotes, goals written around. 

2. Avoid distractions

Turn off the internet. Or close all the tabs, you don’t need. Especially, social media sites. Don’t check the news/e-mail/mobile phone all the time. Get in the place where nothing and no-one can distract your attention. Focus fully on the task and procrastinate only on certain amount of time in the breaks. 

3. Set creative triggers

Whether it’s a cup of tea/water/coffee, the scent of your favorite candle, walk outside or couple of minutes of sketching. Be aware of what helps you to focus better, which activities get you in the creative mindset, what motivates you the most. Then use them when you need to get in the zone.

4. Music

Maybe It’s silence, or maybe it’s the music that helps you to get inspired. Choose the songs that are similar to what you want to create – movie soundtracks for epic landscapes, disney songs for cute characters – whatever mood you want to achieve. Or listen to new playlists in order to not sing along your already favorite songs.

Also listening to talks/podcasts/audiobooks can help to stay focused. There are in additions such lovely websites as rainymood and coffitivity with relaxing sounds that help to be more productive.

5. Just start

It may sound really obvious, but that’s the main way to get in the mood, to create and get things done. It’s not easy to start – there are so many possibilities to fail, to not exceed the expectations, to make a crucial mistake.. but how can you ruin something that you not have created yet? Just do it. Get the paintbrush/pencil, get the paper, open that painting software etc. Prepare, so there would be nothing that would stay in your way of creating.

Don’t wait for magical moment of inspiration.

Choose one thing. Only one - and focus on it.

Do something for 5 minutes. That’s really not that much... And then do that for another 5, then more and more. You’ll be less aware of how much time has passed by and how difficult that task have really been and it will seem more possible to do. And when you won’t even notice that you’ll be in the zone, being productive and making amazing artworks. So ... just start


So, how about you - what are your thoughts/tips about getting into the creative zone? 

(first of all – thank you so much for faving/commenting my previous journal ----- it means so much to me and it helps more struggling artists to find these articles and help  in their creative journeys) J

This week I found some lovely resources – wonderful article - The Ultimate Guide to the “Don’t Break the Chain” Productivity Method  , beyond amazing artworks by Craig Mullins - , inspiring Facebook group -  Daily Spitpaint (been posting some speedpaintings there an they are also posted in my tumblr blog), various references by KatePfeilschiefter  on , insightful interviews with beyond amazing fantasy artists by wicked-fairytale   on… and stunning and captivating movie about the world we live in – Samsara. :)


The most beautiful place I’ve ever seen

P.S. I quite frequently post some sketches and artworks in my art tumblr - and I have a weekly Music Sunday post on  and weekly 8 song playlist :)

Have a wonderful week!

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” ― Ira Glass
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KndLeppard Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I realy needed something like this. Thank you so much! ^^
5Happy5 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very good advice, it's far too easy to get distraceted in our highly tech filled world :D
xoxnata Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you :)
Mirtzu321 Featured By Owner Aug 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I've practically just started and this helps me alot! <3 :hug:
AkatsukiLoverXDX3 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2014  Professional General Artist
Very good advice, VERY good advice....I'm going to use this, actually. Alot. <3 VERY helpful.
Mashimoshi Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014   General Artist
Hi, I just have a question... But when are you truly in the zone? Like you have reached the ultimate level of being there?
For me, I think it's not only about being concentrated, it's when you feel joy at the same time and you get some sort of new energy when you work on your drawing.
So you can keep going for many hours without feeling the need to eat or sleep.
What do you think?
snowmarite Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I agree with you. :)
...when you loose the track of time. When it feels amazing to create things and nothing can distract you. 

Although there need to be taken some breaks in order to not burnout, to have a fresh view and to do some wrist stretches. 
Riftress Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful, I especially agree about the social media bit!
ZoraRepulsa Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist
thanks a lot :)
GS-Mantis Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Couldn't agree more with the "restrict internet/social media" portion.

I could be in a super productive mode; but as soon as I decide to "quickly check DA" or something along those lines it all goes to hell xD
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