10 Ways To End Creative Block

It's great working as a creative, but can be tricky to stay enthusiastic and inspired all the time. Follow these 10 quick-fire to get your creative juices flowing again.

Painting is just another way of keeping a diary” Pablo Picasso.

  1. Tap Into Your Subconscious- Strange things happen in a semi-sleep state, when your unconscious takes over. Wake up and write down whatever was happening before you forget it!

  2. Mix & Match Ideas- Write your main ideas down in columns, and list absolutely everything that comes to mind. You can mix and match the lists for unusual and original combinations.

  3. Carry Your Sketchbook- Don't go looking for inspiration, a visually loaded word or phrase can jump out from a passage of text, or a song. Sketch those ideas down when they come!

  4. Put Some Fun In Your Studio- Sterility leads to an empty void of nothingness, so try to inject some colour and life into your studio, and don't run it like a clinic but your own personal playground!

  5. Explore Other Creative Disciplines- Inspiration can come from anywhere. Look beyond other illustrators and designers: photography, typography, fashion, film, packaging and signage, for instance.

  6. Go Against The Current- Try to approach every brief with the opposite of what everyone else would do. It might not be the direction you choose in the end, but it can help to avoid cliched scenarios.

  7. Take Notes On Life- The best ideas often come when doing completely random, uncreative tasks. Jot them down as they come to you, or snap a photo of things that catch your eye!

  8. Broaden Your Horizons & Expand Your Experiences- Experiment in your personal projects or, if you haven't got the time or energy after a hard day's work, go off on a tangent for an hour while working on an actual project.

  9. Get Fresh Perspectives, Be Unorthodox- Experiment in your personal projects or, if you haven't got the time or energy after a hard day's work, go off on a tangent for an hour while working on an actual project.

  10. Shake Up Your Surroundings & Explore Your City- Try different working environments to keep things fresh. Sketch at home or on the train, refine final work in your studio, and brainstorm in coffee shops, for instance.

What are you favorite ways to break through your creative block?