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9 ways to overcome (artistic) Frustration

Everyone has heard of it, everyone fears the very sight of it, but if you are an artist, there is a good chance it creeps at you regularly, more often than a flu, in various forms and intensity; in psychology, Frustration is a common emotional response to opposition / obstacle, is related to anger and disappointment and its strength depends on the size of the established challenge. When Frustration calls you more often than your mother does, it's time to take an action!


Try to get your feelings straight by walking it out of your system. Is it raining or snowing? Even better, get soaked and dry out.


Sleep on it. Make yourself busy with small repetitive tasks, watch a good movie or comedy, play a game, visit your family or a friend, cook a new recipe, get a haircut, tidy up your room or house, watch a documentary, have a chocolate, take a horse riding lesson, play with a child, but try not to take this stage too long.


When you once have facts about the cause of your condition straight, make your peace with it. No matter how soothing it is to deny the reality, being honest with yourself is the only way to get you back on your feet.


Emotional and mental condition is tightly bound with your body, workout will not only encourage your metabolism but get endorphins (hormones of happiness) into your brain.


Besides doing a good thing, the feeling of being useful will give you a new strength.


This is a great exercise, it will make you see things globally. From the bird's eyeview, even a really huge dark hole looks like a tiny dot.


Even a public one, here on DA. Get it out there, sometimes it is a response from other people who are going through the same trouble that will help you to overcome it.


What can motivate better than love? Try to open your heart, make a list of things you love about your work/project/whatever the object of your efforts is, recollect happy moments you experienced in the past - you'll see this must be worth fighting for!


..and share it with your friends, on your blog, in your journal. Next time it strikes, you will be prepared!

The most important thing is to realize that Frustration is a part of the Struggle and Struggle is a gate to a new level - THAT level we seek to reach. Is dealing with being frustrated from time to time a good thing - than? I think so.

What is your experience with Frustration? Do you have regular ways to overcome it or does it surprise you unprepared? How long does it take you to get "stabilized" again?

Share your thoughts in the comments below :heart:

Turn frustration... by HugickaFrustration by yuroranSuppressed frustration II by KvikkenFrustration by jvg246

You're my frustration by fluorescent2892

same old frustration by MerdollFrustration by 12of8Frustration - Co-Production by ttancredi

My mind's frustration by aTTe-1 FRUSTRATION. by Eyadoos

Motivational article written for #projecteducate's Surprise Community Week :heart:
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ChrissietheArchen Jul 2, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
For me i listen to music and let myself get lost in the story. Just listening for a while.
ExtremeYaoiFanatic May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Get a pen/pencil/Sharpie and SCRIBBLE. It lets out the tension, as well as puts something on paper. Hell, you might even get inspired by what you might see hidden in the scribbles!
EanTirea379 May 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
First of all, whenever I get a new idea, I write it in a sort of "inspiration list" (I usually can't draw these new ideas immediately, since this often happens when I'm already drawing something). So, when I finish a drawing, I check the list and decide what I would like to draw next. If I don't feel like drawing anything at all for some time, I just try to draw random things and a lot of doodles, since I always want to practice anyway; this way I usually start drawing doodles of what later can become my next drawing, too, which helps me a lot ;D Then when I start a drawing, since I like to draw fanarts, I love to listen to the soundtracks of the movie/videogame/whatever it is about, so I sort of "get into the atmosphere" of what I love and I want to obtain in my drawing ;D
xiaolin-kirby-fan May 13, 2013  Student General Artist
For me, personally, the way to beat Frustration is simply to look through my own work. I look through past projects and drawings made for the sheer hell of it and I always become amazed with the way I would draw before. The images still look incredible to me 6 years on and I find myself thinking "If this is what I could do THEN; just imagine what I am capable of now!"

I keep those particular images on my wall or close to my desk so that I know what I can achieve and how much my skills have developed! (and just thinking about it, only one of the images are on DeviantArt)
Taena-Doman Apr 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you for sharing this excellent article!:love:

I myself know frustation very well either because of the lack of an idea or much more profound...because of the very high expectations at me. I try to paint difficult things or ones I've never drew before, although they're often beyond my skills. Curiously I get more frustated when I draw "simple" things like apples/balls, because of lesser fun in doing this. But maybe this will come one day.:):)
Meanwhile I can better deal with my frustation and with every picture I've done I notice that my patience and frustration tolerance is increasing and I don't care if it takes a long time to finish it. One strategy is that I divide an image into small areas and avoid the idea that a huge "region" MUST be filled with colors. But also many of your tips help me alot.:)
Generally the biggest reason for frustration is too much pressure...either from the outer or inner world.
Ooops, I'm sorry...this comment is already very long...and I could write more...

However, thanks again for sharing and the afford you put into it.:):)
Whenever Frustration happens to me, I always do what I had to do: Keeping myself busy until I get an inspiration. Like in your daily work or school, the place has always ideas but you just can't see it with your naked eye. All you have to do is to use your own imagination to think about it. Then when your got it, you go for it until it's too late and you will for get it forever. The earlier, the better it is done. Inspiration is every where and it is Limitless, you just don't know where and when will it happen because it's so unpredictable. You just have to clear your mind from stress and have a good fantasy with it and having believing in yourself no matter what happens.

The only problem is that it only took a very long time to have it because of time is flying so fast. Maybe for a couple of days or weeks or months or maybe a whole year to get it.
gr, i get frustrated over doing something new on gimp. i come home feeling all happy and stuff and ready to get to the art, but then whatever i try to do from the tips and tutorials i've learned, the picture still doesn't come out right! then i get all snappy and angry at everything alive around me and wake up the next day sullen because i didn't accomplish ANYTHING.
D3kaB1u3 Jan 22, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, I recently got eliminated from an OCT after getting a empty spot in a survival round, I attempted to make a semi animtion but my lack of experience with flash pretty much fired my plans back to my face, I actually recieved a lot of good comments praising my attempt and pointing out my flaws, the day after I had to post my fight (the voting week) I literally was frustrated, I normally sleep very (and I mean) late but that Monday I was too frustrated to stay up that night, by the next day i had to accept it, by the day of the results I was completely calmed about it and the day after the results i did a drawing to calm down myself (and continue with my ongoing work) about me trying to reach a goal (with my friends) atop of a mountain but im being blocked by me (3 years younger) acting as my own limit [link] , then I moved on with more drawings to recover, it takes me a day or 2 to get back to work and keep trying
TheMacchinaMustFall Jan 20, 2013  Student Digital Artist
My most recent experience with Frustration actually happened today. I was in the middle of creating a comic when I suddenly hit a mental block; The beginning was complete and I knew what the ending would be, but I couldn't figure out what to do with the middle. I found that listing details about the beginning helped bring about inspiration, like how different characters reacted to certain events (if that makes sense. ^^;)
MotivatedArtist Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Do you mind if I feature this in my group #FairyTailGuild-FTG? It's worth it to share this article and I believe it'll help lots of artist out there.
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