Use sculpting to get inspiration for your illustrations

Dragon illustration

Artist Paul used a sculpt to break his art block

Every artist has experienced art block. Stress is a major factor that contributes to this condition: being unable to think of anything to draw, struggling with an existing painting or feeling inadequate when you compare your work to others leads to frustration and can ultimately stop you wanting to create at all. This is bad. Developing a process that would remove the stress of painting illustrations became a major goal of mine when I was struggling with how to draw a dragon.

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Paul Canavan is the lead artist at Scottish indie game studio Blazing Griffin, a freelance illustrator and father to two handsome ferrets.