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How to Find Inspiration as an Artist: Tips and Techniques.

Updated: Mar 25, 2023

A lot of artists might not know that getting inspiration doesn’t have to come in a single big moment, but it can come in a number of ways. Even the most creative people on this planet still have days when there isn’t enough for a good creation.

There are many ways that artists can get inspiration for their work. Some ideas include:

Exploring the work of other artists

Exploring the work of other artists can be a great place to start for inspiration and to see how others approach different subject matter; this can be as simple as browsing art galleries or online art communities, or it can be as involved as studying the work of specific artists in depth.

Taking a break

Working long hours and battling burnout can make it hard for artists to stay inspired. Sometimes, the best way to get inspired is to step away from your art for a while. Taking a break can give you time to recharge and come back to your work with fresh eyes and a renewed sense of creativity.

Trying new things

Trying and experimenting with new materials, techniques, pipelines, or styles can be a great way to spark new ideas and get inspired.


Traveling, seeing new places, and experiencing different cultures can be a great source of inspiration for artists. Traveling can expose you to new sights, cultures, sounds, and experiences that can inspire your art in new ways.

Observing the world around you

We live in a beautiful world, and sometimes inspiration can be found right in your own backyard. Paying attention to the world around you and finding beauty in the ordinary can be a great way to find inspiration for your art.


It’s important to be open, curious, and receptive. Talking with friends and meeting new people can produce new ideas by opening up your mind to possibilities that weren’t available before.

Collaborate with others

You may want to partner with other artists on a group project where you each contribute different aspects of it. Collaborating with other artists or working on a project with someone else can be a great way to find inspiration and push your work in new directions.

Keep a sketchbook

Keep a sketchbook where you can sketch out rough concepts and ideas. Having a place to capture your ideas can help spark your creativity and keep your mind fresh and inspired.

Music, books, and movies

Watching movies as an artist draws you even closer to the artistic process. It not only provides some resources and inspiration but also allows you to connect with other forms of art, such as acting, makeup art, and more.

Listen to music that makes you want to dance or that inspires you in your journey of creativity. Even better, listen to music with lyrics that you can use as a reference for your art. Books are filled with ideas and inspiration for almost anything! From story books with beautiful images to science fiction books, motivational self-help books, and many more

Music, books, and movies can expose you to new ideas and perspectives and be a great source of inspiration for your art.


When you find yourself in a creative slump, find what you are inspired by to get your creativity flowing again. Artists can be inspired by other artists or musicians that they like (it could be literature, watching movies or documentaries, browsing Instagram, listening to friends, etc.).

Getting inspiration as an artist often involves a combination of looking at the world around you, exploring different materials and techniques, and taking breaks to rest and recharge. By keeping an open mind and being willing to try new things, you can find inspiration in all sorts of unexpected places.

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