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There are many people who are suffering from an artblock, or just don't have enough inspiration. As being always inspired myself (but not always motivated :XD:), I can help you!
Here is a big list of things you could try. I suggest you try everything on the list if the block is really huge. Big chance something helps!
Also, sorry for my english. I'm Dutch. :p The dutch version can be found here: oekaki.nl/117062.html
More ideas are of course very welcome! ;)

:idea: Just draw!
This is probably the best thing to do. If you wait, it will be harder to start drawing again and you're making the block bigger and bigger. Maybe you can try scribbling random shapes so you get/keep the feeling.

:idea: Look at other people's work
Speaks for itself. You're probably already doing that by being on this site. But maybe you can take more time for this. Try to look at a nice piece of artwork for 10 minutes.

:idea: Listen to music
A lot people seem to get inspired by music. Probably because they get in the mood and can use their imagination. Of course try to listen to something that fits your kind of artwork.

:idea: Read a book
You can fill the images in your head with how you interpret the text. We need images like that and training with imagination. Illustrate a story if you like!

:idea: Watching movies
A mix of images, ideas and music. Can't be wrong. Try watching original and/or strange movies so you see that there are many possibilities. Like "ink", "mirrormask" or "Being John Malkovich". .

:idea: Draw from reference
If you learn to draw something, you can draw more, so more inspiration yay! Try to draw something really weird, like a close-up from pollen, that makes it more interesting.

:idea: Look at your own work
Sometimes we forget we actually can draw! Try to look at your own work like someone else sees it. And be proud!

:idea: Look at splats, clouds, etc.
People like to see things in something that has no live or shape. Draw what you see.

:idea: Remember your dreams.
Dreams...are full of inspiration! You can see the weirdest or most fantastic things and some great people got their ideas by a dream. So write down your dream every morning. Maybe you can even have a lucid
dream so you can control it and look for yourself for some inspirational things. Remember, it all comes from your own head so if you see something great in you dream: it's YOUR idea!
It is also possible to see something nice if you close your eyes for a while.

:idea: Finish someone else's work
If you don't have an idea, why not finish someone else's work? There are plenty of linearts to find and maybe you can ask someone if it's okay to finish her/his sketch.
Or maybe you can finish the scribble of your little brother/sister. It's fun to make a scribble very realistic!

:idea: Make a remake
Redraw something you created earlier. No pressure to come up with something and you'll see that you have improved! You can also try to make a new version of someone else's drawing (with permission of course).

:idea: Play drawing games
No pressure, just having fun and you stay drawing this way.

:idea: Show your work to others
Kinda obvious, huh? ;) Maybe you only post your work here, but don't forget to also show it to people in real life. Real life feedback feels always better!

:idea: Show unfinished work to others
Maybe it works better for you to show what you're working on. Maybe other people can help you finishing it.

:idea: Join contest
Some people need competition to get inspired. So they have a goal and a theme. I personally get a big boost of ideas if I join a competition.

:idea: Do something with themes.
The 100 theme's challenge her isn't for nothing. ;) Or else Just make a list of themes and think of what you can do with it. Less pressure. :)

:idea: Express your feelings
Some people need their feelings as theme. Think of how you would show the feeling/situation you have now in a drawing.

:idea: Draw for someone else
Having a goal and making someone happy gives us a better feeling. It also doesn't matter if the drawing is ugly or not, the other person will always be happy that you made something for her/him!
The best chance to make that person happy is to draw fanart of his/her work.
If you think you're good enough, you can also try to make money with your drawings. Money is always a good motivator.

:idea: Take a walk
Your brain likes movement. It also likes fresh air and to relax. AND you can see new things outside.

:idea: Pretend like you're 3
Yes, pretend like you can't draw at all! It can give you such a free feeling if you do that. No rules, just scribble! Make it ugly! Yes, drawing is fun again!

:idea: Pen and paper next to your phone.
Probably you can't help it to draw if you're on the phone with someone. Take that chance and maybe you'll draw something that has potentional.

:idea: Save your sketches
Always, ALWAYS save it! Maybe you don't think you can use it now, but big chance you can use it later! Also, you can try to combine some sketches. This way you have something new, yay!
Another way to use it, is to draw something in another perspective. You can do a lot with sketches. See what you can do with it!

:idea: Look at people
Observation is important to draw. Just look at the poses, how they act, or maybe someone says something weird so you can use it.

:idea: Imagine!
Think of things you really want they exist. And think really deep about this. Maybe you don't like normal dragons, but you like fluffy dragons or something. This is also a very good way to get inspired,
drawing your own fantasy world.

:idea: Make liveless things alive
No wonder animators love to do this. Think of what character objects have, and exaggerate that in your drawing.

:idea: Combine
It's fun to combine things that don't belong to eachother. It can also create a good laugh. What about Harry Potter and the Smurfs? Just think of something and try it out.

:idea: Look in the dictionary
Without looking what that word means of course! Sometimes you don't know what a word means, so you make up your own explanation for that. Don't you remember doing that when you was a kid?
Maybe you come across something you can draw.

:idea: Try other materials
Sometimes you need a fresh start. Just try it, maybe you love that other material!

:idea: Give yourself a stupid task
Okay, sounds weird but it can help! No wonder why people draw more when they have (home)work to do. You'll love drawing more if you have to do something stupid before.

:idea: Clean your room
This sounds a bit like the previous tip, but there is a different reason behind this. If your room is clean, your brain will be clean too so it has more room for new ideas.

:idea: Do something relaxing
Some people get inspired under the shower or in bath because they relax there.

:idea: Learn something new
Your brain loves learning! If you learn something completely new (can be anything, but has to be fun of course), your brain will wake up and you will be inspired again.

:idea: Change your thoughts
Thoughts makes the way we experience live and what we do with it. So, it's very important. Don't think you can't do it, of course you can do it! Think positive! You aren't blind, you don't have your hands chopped off or any of that (probably). Here are some more helping thoughts: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
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KawaiiSakusei Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011
I'm so happy, that I found it ^^. First few words and i had a new idea :D
People like You are so needed :D
Thank You! ^^
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wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
I'm glad it's useful. :D
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lealealooloo Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2011
feeling inspired already now that i have some ideas of how to keep myself occupied :)
p.s : your english was fine
xxxxxxx thank you xxxxxxx
leah :D
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engineermikay Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2011
THUMBS UP! :D
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binaryrebel Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hey, nogmaals bedankt voor deze lijst, heel inspirerend! Geinig dat ik je die avond nog tegenkwam in de chat op oekaki ;P
Fijn weekend nog!
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Nighthawk42 Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks a ton! I spent an hour yesterday staring at a blank paper while doing at least five of these, but the others should help too. ^^
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herryC Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
nice tips!

But, how can you miss TUTORIALS? It is one of my greatest resources. In the tutorial, you may discover tools or techniques that may give you something new or different approach to achieve a result. This, if you turn your creativity ideas on, can bring you a lot of new inspiration. ;)
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wezenbeesje Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
Oh my god yes I forgot that. :O Maybe because I put this in a tutorials forum and never use them. *Adding*. :)
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DigimonXevolution199 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this really helps me.. :iconashloveitplz:
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Cricket-The-Duck Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2011  Hobbyist
Wonderfully helpful :) Good stuff!
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