Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists

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Creative block presents the most crippling—and unfortunately universal—challenge for artists. No longer! This chunky blockbuster of a book is chock-full of solutions for overcoming all manner of artistic impediment. The blogger behind The Jealous Curator interviews 50 successful international artists working in different mediums and mines their insights on how to conquer self-doubt, stay motivated, and get new ideas to flow. Each artist offers a tried-and-true exercise—from road trips to 30-day challenges to ...

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Overview

Creative block presents the most crippling—and unfortunately universal—challenge for artists. No longer! This chunky blockbuster of a book is chock-full of solutions for overcoming all manner of artistic impediment. The blogger behind The Jealous Curator interviews 50 successful international artists working in different mediums and mines their insights on how to conquer self-doubt, stay motivated, and get new ideas to flow. Each artist offers a tried-and-true exercise—from road trips to 30-day challenges to cataloging the medicine cabinet— that will kick-start the creative process. Abundantly visual with more than 300 images showcasing these artists' resulting work, Creative Block is a vital ally to students, artists, and creative professionals.

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On her blog, artist/author Danielle Krysa explained that this book evolved from a strong personal impulse: She wanted to create a beautiful contemporary book that shows other artists that there are ways out of the blind alleys that they all encounter. To do so, she enlisted the help of fifty successful professional artists and asked them how they push beyond their roadblocks. Their kick-starts are as diverse as the mediums in which they work. They don't just give advice and offer exercises; they show: Creative Block blooms with more than 300 photographs of work that present new artistic directions and techniques.

Just Paint It! The World's Most Enjoyable Painting Course Ever! Sam Piyasena and Beverly Philp Barron's Educational Series, 9780764166549 HC Art, $18.99 Sam Piyasena's 2013 Just Draw It! won plaudits from readers with its helpful instructions and clever exercises. Now this talented illustrator and photographer invites readers to take the great wet leap into painting. With its quick step-by-steps and light-hearted challenges, Just Paint It! dissolves stress even as it pushes away the training wheels and makes you feel—and function like a real artist. Editor's recommendation.

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"Creative Block is a get-out-of-hell free card. Read this book and the dark nights with your creative soul may go more gently." - Jerry Saltz, senior art critic, New York magazine

"What makes the project particularly noteworthy is that while it features reflections from visual artists, most of their insights apply just as usefully to other creative endeavors, from writing and to entrepreneurship to, even, science." - Brain Pickings

"Danielle Krysta's Creative Block is truth-telling balm for all of us who wonder if we're the only ones who get stuck, second-guess ourselves, and dance with gremlins. I loved every page-the art, the interviewes, and the unBlock challenges." - Brene Brown, author Daring Greatly

"Creative Block is a vital reminder that, as we move forward on our creative paths, the obstacles we encounter along the way don't have to be overwhelming. We can tap into our community and draw inspiration from one another-plowing forward and breaking new ground. " - Faythe Levine, author, director, and artist

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★ 07/01/2014
Everyone draws a blank occasionally. Fortunately, this title is there to help inspire visual artists and get their creative ideas flowing again. Artist and blogger Krysa (The Jealous Curator) interviewed 50 working artists from around the world. They share insights about their process, the notion of creativity, and what they do to get out of a rut. There are no step-by-step instructional projects included, however; instead each artist offers a short assignment suggestion. These exercises vary widely—everything from road trips to 30-day challenges—and sometimes depart far from conventional art making in their tactics. VERDICT This title is a great resource for any type of visually creative person working in any medium at any level to call upon when the inevitable artist's block strikes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452118888
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/18/2014
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 124,484
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Danielle Krysa is the artist and writer behind the blog The Jealous Curator. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.

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