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Shaking off creator's slump

Emma_Clare at 12:00AM, June 18, 2021

The last few months have hit like a sledgehammer, leaving me with a profound sense of “slump”. That feeling of lethargy lazily tangled with a lack of motivation for anything creative. This got me thinking of ways I can shake off this heavy fog and step into the light of inspiration. Here are some things that I try when I am trying to see my way through the slump tunnel.

Reading books
I spend WAY too much time looking at a screen to the point my creativity gets drowned out by petty Internet drama and serial killer trivia. It’s nice to take a step away and get lost in the analogue world of books. I’ve devoured a few this year alone. It gives my mind a rest whilst I explore new ideas and writing styles. Speaking of going analogue…

Put down the phone and go for a walk
I’ve been on a small fitness kick, ie, I actually move 150 minutes a week rather than…well…none. This has done wonders for my stress level. I feel lighter when I come back and the endorphins have helped curb the afternoon nap/caffeine hit I would often reach for. This has improved my sleep which makes coping with stress easier, but also gives me more energy to do creative things when I have a minute.

Read other webcomics/comic books
Not only am I supporting other creators by reading their work, I take note of how they use writing conventions, or the way in which they laid out a page. I study their colours, lineart and typography, going on to experiment in my own work. Reading other comics expands my knowledge of the types of stories out there as well as absorbing up and coming trends.

Tutorials on how to draw better and faster
Comics are a time consuming hobby, no doubt about it, however there are plenty of people out there doing tutorials on how to push your work to the next level. When I’m struggling I take time out to learn macros and small tricks of whatever program I am using, or I try to find a way to cut down production time thus improving my overall work.

Sometimes I just step away. Life does get hard. Taking time out to recentre, regroup and grow benefits your projects in the long run. If you need a nap, take a nap. If you need a break, take a break. There’s no real rush.

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plymayer at 5:32PM, June 18, 2021

Well, I can't really talk with my friends about the web comix. When I mention it they always give me a "look". So, it's like being Clark Kent or Peter Parker. A secret identity being a web comic guy.

hushicho at 2:41PM, June 18, 2021

Lovely and so nice to hear. It is very important that we take care of ourselves, as we tend to be the worst at neglecting our needs and even wants, and for nothing constructive. As for getting out of a slump, I find it usually helps to look at other artists who inspire you, and for that purpose, I have a regularly-expanding library of art books. I will inevitably find something in one of them to spark a little inspiration in me!

KAM at 3:12AM, June 18, 2021

I find it helps if you have someone in your life who will encourage you and/or "kick your butt" to get you working on something. If I didn't have anyone commenting on my comics I'd have trouble even doing once a week updates.

plymayer at 1:00AM, June 18, 2021

Need a t-shirt that says, "I am not on hiatus". This article is helpful. The pages are there, just need to get them on the paper and in the screen.

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