What better way to beat art block than by just having fun! Read on to find more tips to get you back on that creative path!
Are you suffering from a creative block? Travelling is a great way to get unstuck! You don’t have to travel far, either! Just go outside. Here are a few ways how travelling can help get the creative juices flowing:
New experiences = New ideas:
Travelling opens you up to new experiences, perspectives and it can definitely inspire you to create. Being there in person gives you new experiences and associations, which can spark new ideas. It’s much more beneficial than just seeing pictures or reading books- this is because you can completely immerse yourself. It makes you grow.
Breaking a Habit:
Habits are great for when they’re in place for a specific goal, but you can become stagnant if you’re just going through the motions day in and day out. While habits are great to get you to produce, sometimes you will want to switch things up. Travelling helps you to break your usual routine, which can stimulate the mind and make your brain work in a way that keeps you fresh and your work exciting!
Taking a Break:
When you travel you force yourself to take a break because you’re breaking a habit.It’s a well known fact that your body needs rest; that’s why we sleep! We need to refresh ourselves. A break can be extremely beneficial. Going to a new place allows you to ground yourself and hit the reset button. Sometimes you need to step away to see what you’re doing wrong. Stepping back gives you fresh eyes.
If you happen to come across the opportunity to travel somewhere exciting, I urge you to go! It really works!
I recently went to Vienna to attend NUCL.AI a very special conference that focuses on Artificial Intelligence with a big emphasis on developing for games. As part of my work as a games animator, I took part in Animation Tracks, Workshops, and Roundtables that exposed me to aspects of my medium that I never considered possible before. With art for videogames, things can get extremely technical, so being able to interact with like-minded individuals and ask questions was really rewarding. I met some amazing minds and watched some really cool talks which left me inspired and motivated to try new solutions to my own specific workflow issues.
Now if you’re in Vienna and you don’t have access to creative conferences, there are many other ways to get inspired:
Visit some museums and historical sights!
Unfortunately, I didn’t have time to, but there are some really fantastic sights in Vienna that you can discover just by walking around. The inner city is full of galleries and museums and you’ll be able to stumble into any within a few minutes’ walk.
Not in the rude sense, (and I don’t actually mean for you to get lost) but I urge you to just start exploring without a real purpose. Just walk! You never know what sort of things you’ll end up finding that could inspire your next project.
Go places or events that you’ll enjoy!
Check out what’s going on whatever place you’ll be visiting during the times you’ll be there. Local events, like festivals, things that you personally love. I found out there was an amazing film festival going on during the days of the conferences, so in the evening I went there to experience great music, films, food, and fab company. It helped that there was great weather, too. I love food, so I made sure to go to the 3 best sweet shops in the city!
Travelling nourishes the mind and definitely gets the artistic juices flowing. By getting away, you broaden your knowledge and get ideas (even if they don’t come right away.) Be patient and just enjoy the new experiences, and you’ll eventually find that they will help you grow as a person, and as an artist, too!
And feel free to share some art, music, or photos that you’ve taken away from your usual routine and surroundings. I’d love to see them!