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Inspiration and Creativity

Do you find that you are regularly inspired to create things, or do you have to push yourself to find inspiration, at times? What do you do when you feel you're lacking inspiration?

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This week's Site Update includes bug fixes, feedback from last week's update, and a Discuss topic about inspiration and creativity!
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XxTopazJazzxX Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
there is a bug in this group: Kawaii-Kittehz where the date on the visitors says dec 31 1969
CajunWolfe Featured By Owner Edited Aug 28, 2014
:iconbreakingthecircle: I would really like to get this group noticed. I have noticed more and more things on DA related to issues presented in this group. I believe this group could become a valuable tool for this site's members.
Dark-Link117 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Honestly, I never run outta ideas. I'm just too caught up in anime and videogames to sit down and put them all on paper. Lol. I do, however, leave several notes and recordings behind so that I don't' forget the ideas I come up with.
Stepher17 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've been having issues with Deviant Art for over a week now. 

Specially with - I can't upload any images to it unless I send them there via the email. Everytime I try to upload something, I get an Unknown Error that occurs and it just never works. I've tried using both Chrome and Firefox and it's still occurring. 

There's been a lot of lag and slow loading times as well and I know it's not my internet as I'm wired in using T1 or better (don't know specifics off hand but I know it doesn't suck in the slightest lol). I don't know if it was the recent update that started this or what :/ really needs to be looked at though... 
ikazon Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014   Writer
Hi there! You'll want to file a bug report at the Help Desk about that. :)
Stepher17 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I did after posting the comment. :)
TuesdayNightCompany Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2014
I feel uninspired when I don't have a deadline.
Gimme a deadline - I'll damn well think of something.
strotherdw Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Creativity blocks make me feel inadequate and not so creative.  ITS NOT FUN! 
strotherdw Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh yeah that one. When I get a creativity block it is usually after I feel tired for any reason.  Some days I can come out of it and create something original or close to original Some days are much harder than others to think of fresh ideas.   It gets extemely frustrating on days when I find that every good idea I have well seems good to myself has already been thought of.  Those are the days when it is next to impossible to get unstuck.  But on the easy days when I have a block.  Randomly sketching images on paper or on my tablet helps give me a head start.  Listening to music before I create inspires and energizes me.  And I don't mean listening to the radio or music that first comes to mind or the top 40 countdown.   When I want to get ideas I listen to movie and animated film soundtracks.   If I want to create something both sci-Fi and full of action, I pop in Transformers the movie 1986 music score, instrumental score only.  If I want something more in the early twentieth century with a touch of film noir.  I listen to the music score to Batman (1989). If I want to make something epic or battle themed I listen to fantasy videogame soundtracks and sometimes music from Call of duty.  If I want to create something horrific, terrorfiying or apopltilyptic I listen to "Requim For A Dream." But doesn't always work.  Sometimes I get insperation from events that happen to me directly in my own life.   It's about time we get a discussion topic like this one.  Nice job.   All artist can relate to this topic.
Notori-Notori Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
.......I dunno. When lacking inspiration I take a break and look at nature around me. I can't force myself to think because the painting/story will be choppy or lack emotion instead of natural.
aemiliuslives Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hmmm... Inspiration... I think mine's always there, and it always revolves around the same things. What I lack is motivation, I think. I already have enough inspiration to do stuff for the next decade. But lacking the motivation to actually make it happen, the inspiration accumulates and amounts to nothing :P

But I understand what people generally mean by inspiration. I sometimes need to get inspired to face a specific project at a specific moment, and watching movies, listening to music, playing videogames or simply taking a walk really help.
DarkRose407 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I can't just pull ideas out of thin air, but for my stories I will often turn to prompts and contests for my short story ideas or I will get an idea but I usually lack the time to write the story. Time is usually my problem when it comes to lack of writing also things like school because after writing essays and reports and such I lose the urge to write for that day. However for most of my poems they're easier to make and take less time because I tend to go off of emotion a lot. 
KestrelPhantomWitch Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I find it funny that you posted a bug fix when I still have to log in and out of dA just to see my notifications sometimes. How about you guys fix that? It can't be fun for people to log in and see an error message instead of their comments or replies.
s-a-n-i-m Featured By Owner Edited Aug 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You should report the bug at Help Desk.
KestrelPhantomWitch Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No point in it now.
bottled-mermaid Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014
Luckily, many ideas for new drawings are coming to my mind lately.
Sometimes it happens to me to think of more than a concept; to not forget everything soon, I keep a notebook where I quickly sketch my idea (and sometimes I add a little description of its meaning and even some possible titles); then, when I have time, I come back to these sketches and turn them into proper drawings :)
This is a good way for me to fully use my most creative moments. When I work in this way I never get art blocks :)
MajorasMasks Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Luckily I was never hit by "art block", but when I'm not in the mood of creating music helps me.  :)
Daghrgenzeen Featured By Owner Edited Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
At times I have to push myself... or I do other, not-perhaps-so-creative things, like cleaning the house.. :B To get inspired (or to recharge my inspiration), I take walks in nature, read literature (fiction, poetry, even non-fiction can be inspirational), listen to music, dance, play videogames, watch TV/movies, discuss ideas with friends... if I don't feel like writing, I may draw or crochet... =P But like someone before me implied, inspiration tends to come at "the worst" possible times, like when I'm supposed to be sleeping... or studying, or working. :stare::lol:
lu--24 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have to push myself to find ispiration most of the time...
My solution is to search for prompts (coming from challenges, or contests, or else) that I like... I really enjoy having a brief to follow rather than starting from nowhere ^^
Ragecomics100 Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

i got some ideas , abd i wanted to share them
-be abble to change Date of Birth
-make safety questions in case of password loss
-add new efects to stash muro
-or new feature like trophys

123ooopo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I just wonder around the Internet looking for some thing to do, after I don't find any thing interesting, I look at random pictures, then usually find some thing to write about, or just take a quick peek at some one else's shared ideas.
UmbraAtramentum Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Setting up a music bank or playlist they conveys a particular mood is a good way to get me motivated and stay on the same track.

Otherwise watching speed paints or having a look at images I would aspire to one day as well in is also motivational!

On rare occasions a good movie with themes I like painting or drawing also helps :)
Ag-Cat Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't lack inspiration. What I lack is motivation. :hmm:
pwassonne Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I lack both, to the point that I don't really consider myself an artist anymore.
clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014   General Artist
Some times I really do need to push myself to be inspired, but I do have periods of constant inspiration. I LOVE those moments, but they get so far and few between sometimes. :noes: If I feel I'm lacking inspiration, I will push and push and push. I will FORCE myself to create something. Anything. Even doing a quick sketch can sometimes help me get the juices flowing again.
123ooopo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
it's kinda feels like your brain is dying in those moments...
clumsydemonwithfire Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014   General Artist
I totally agree!
Zorceus Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I really want chatroom to be available for movile devices
FlamingBreeze Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hey guys. I have just a minor suggest for the aesthetics of Deviantart, and that would be to make the green title bar at the top with all the widgets a solid colour of green, preferably something on the lines of...

R: 134
G: 183
B: 123

And that it moves down the page as you scroll down, although now that I think of it, that might get in the way of the view experience of art... So, maybe you guys could make it an activate-able and de-activate-able feature.

That's just my input, I'd really like to see it in action though!
UltraLiThematic Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I am glad you are working on bug fixes. But please, do something about the delay bug. 
It is really annoying and makes difficult to share the work with others. :(
JamDii Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2014  Student General Artist
I am inspired whenever I need to do very important things like study... Or during exams. Or when it's very late at night. Inspiration most of the time come to me when I can't create anything. Then when I want to create anything, I won't be inspired. Inspiration comes in an inappropriate schedule for me. 

When I lack inspiration, I usually just browse the internet, books, comics and/or magazines. Then whazzam! Or I just meed to close my eyes or take a bath... Taking a bath for hours gives me ideas.
hyneige Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The creation born of inspiration and inspiration is born of creation, the more you create, the more you are inspired! Exercising with a new theme each week is a great exercise to keep awake inspiration.
The images are words and words are images and inspiration is always waiting for you, and only time will require you to create less.
Egil21 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
On my group TheFavouriteShowcase, the widgets appear the same on all pages of the different galleries, it's very annoying and this is been like that for months now.

 TheFavouriteShowcase is a Super Group, it's payed, so I'd like to have it as it was, each gallery with its own info. 
Dee-Dark Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Pttfff, I need to sleep to get inspired.
Again, I sleep (or play video games) when I'm uninspired. 
ChikitaWolf Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm quite positive a few others have mentioned it recently, but I'd also like to add a note on the lag issue some of us (if not most) have been experiencing.

I can barely hold's or anything of the sort anymore because of the lag issue. Earlier this week, I tried to do a and updated my Journal, but it didn't appear in my watchers' inboxes until an hour and a half later. By then, I was pretty much done for the, and it was extremely disappointing to both me and my watchers. This has happened every time I've held a these past two weeks - usually differing between an hour to 45 minutes for the Journal to finally show up in everyones' inboxes.

I'm not sure what's going on, and I don't see a report on it yet, but I really hope it gets fixed soon. It really is driving my friends and I nuts, and I can only imagine the affect it's having on people who are on strict time limits for events and so forth.
AdahihiInada Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I usually feel inspired most of the time but busy or sick lately.
ShiNevermore Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
So there seems to be a delay with my Group messages, and ONLY my Group messages; lately whenever I submit, say, a deviation to the favorites gallery it takes a bit to show up in my message center.
Also -- I know that my group messages (as a founder of a group) are in a different folder and everything, but I'm rarely ever notified of these messages in the drop-down menu, -the only time I'm ever notified in that menu is if a deviation is submitted and needs to be approved, not if a member joins or anything like that- so I have to manually check the folder...which I don't mind, but it seems to me that I would be notified of both deviation submissions and feedback messages (such as members joining,etc.)...? Basically, I'm not sure if this is a bug or if it's just commonplace and I'm being stupid. ^^;
Vvlad-vVolfen Featured By Owner Edited Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Why is it that nobody among the Admin is talking about the massive dA bug that is causing a failure to submit media content to all watchers for over a month now? For instance I watch this blog on both my new and old profiles, but only one received your last blog, this profile seems to frequently miss them. And its not just you, everyone is experiencing this delay in submissions or permanent absence of any watcher notification. People are vocally saying they noticed a drop off in their page activity, meaning the messages are not only delayed, some are not arriving at all. And yet the admin are silent, even help desk offers no informative answer. Can anyone say whats going on?
pearwood Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
In answer to your question, yes and yes.  As a photographer, even when carrying the camera, sometimes I'm not interested in taking pictures.  For me, solitude and quiet make a big difference, even if it is the interior solitude and quiet I create in the midst of the commotion.  Slow down, pay attention, breathe.
bloedzuigerbloed Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I usually just wait for inspiration before creating anything, but when I'm doing an art program and need to create something I'll simply start working and hope something good comes out of it.
ann-infinity Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Actually I look at food for inspiration. For some reason the colors and the textures make me inspired. No jokes or anything, I'm being serious xD
TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
It would appear that message delays are a really big issue with the community, and have been for some time. MY question would be this: What's so wrong that it's taking so long to rectify it? Perhaps an answer to that would help stop this flood of the same types of messages over and over, on every new update blog. They may not understand your answer, but at least you will have tried. :)
Gundam019 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student Artist
ooh ok
Nylten Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Student General Artist
As noticed in one of the comments, it would e a great idea to have a fully block option like Youtube has. For example, if you block someone, you no longer see their deviations in any group stacks that you have. Their comments on other people's pages and deviations will automatically not be seen by the person who blocked them. The same would go for the one who's blocked. To them, it would seem like the person never existed and the only way around that would be to make an alt account or log out of dA to see the page.
TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
Also, someone sort of mentioned this: The Groups message system. I submit forum threads, blogs, and announcements, and it can take hours for it to appear in my message center. I can only assume it's doing that for all members of those groups, as well. Some of those things are time sensitive, so, that delay really hurts what's going on. :)
TheseKrimzonFlames Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014
I have no problem with inspiration. I try, and generally succeed, in keeping my mind open to the entire world, instead of my normal comfort zones. Inspiration is everywhere, if you're open to seeing it, and letting it in. I've never had a moment of writer's block in my life, and I don't expect to. :) One thing I tell anyone is this: Create what you FEEL, and, as a rule, you won't go wrong. :)
mayuralover Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always have things I want/need to do on the back burner, it's not so much inspiration as it is motivation... and procrastination...
krazykel Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I go  through phases of having lots of ideas or, none at all. I find inspiration from a variety of different things.
Someones words/gestures, other artworks, music etc .

My most  exciting ideas are usually born when I am laid in bed drifting to sleep and my my wonders and thinks all sorts of strange and wonderful sonarios
If I really need inspiration, I usually just look through stock/reference galleries or if anyone wants a request.
tmblake09 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Bring back the DA store!!! T_T
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