As an artist, it is common to feel stuck in a rut or creatively stunted. When this happens, it is a good idea to open yourself up to new challenges that will make you learn and discover important knowledge – not only on the arts itself, but also yourself as an artist. Here are a few ways to nurture, develop and expand your artistic instincts.

Enrol in a Course

There is always something new to learn. Try something outside your general field – so if you’re an illustrator, do some vocal or drama courses. Chances are, you will learn something new and inspiring to bring back to your regular work.

Limit Stimulations

Kind of the opposite from the previous tip, but still works just as fine. In a world where Internet reigns and every kind of content can be found with a tap of finger, it is very easy to become overstimulated. Try to cut down on unnecessary content and focus on your work. To make it easier, you can also opt to produce works based on just one theme for a certain period of time. For example, writing flash fictions exclusively for a week or using just one colour family for your design.

Do a Public Challenge

Ever heard of NaNoWriMo? It is short for National Novel Writing Month, which is an Internet-based creative writing project held every November. Online challenges like this not only help you stay accountable, but the community behind them will also keep you motivated, with other artists to share your experiences with. This also brings us to the next tip…

Meet Your People

Wherever possible, meet up with people of similar profession and/or passion to you – not just to gain the newest updates in the industry, but also to expand your network and find opportunities for collaboration and gigs! Getting to know other people’s projects can also give you the inspiration you need to get started on your own.

Enter Contests

Getting a passion project done and being in the running for monetary prize – why not? It indeed can be daunting to participate in a competition, but you can always learn something new by exposing your work to a fresh pair of eyes.