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Venting through art?

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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
do you vent your emotions through art?



my life has recently taken a turn for the worse, and left me in a depression. I know a lot of artist will use drawing as an outlet when they feel down. But for me, even though art is my life, I can't seem to find the energy to even pick up a pencil when I feel sad.

I know for others having a creative outlet is relieving, I wish I could do that too, I can't stand being unproductive AND not being able to vent. How do other people do it?
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Chickenoobdle Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, I do draw when upset. But for the times I get so depressed I can't, I use music. Usually singing but playing a few notes on the piano helps too!
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Bitsy-chan Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2013
Well, I hope your life gets better soon, sweetie. :/ (Please don't take that name the wrong way; I call many people names like "sweetie" a lot of the time in a totally not-weird way). When I'm feeling upset I like to take my feelings and put them into a story. But the stories are about other people in other situations, situations with a better shoulder to cry on, more hope, etc.. Now, admittedly, I've never had depression, and I know I can't understand how hard that must be to deal with. Also, if you don't really like writing, then I would suggest painting, specifically watercolours (I find the way they flow very helpful and relaxing). But I really hope you start feelin' better. I'll pray for ya, hon. Now, keep your head up, 'k? :)
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Rememberbeforeforget Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2013  Hobbyist
The pencil just seems too rough whenever I get depressed or emotional so I don't vent through my drawings. Instead I write it down, it's somehow much easier to convey it through words, or a combination of many gifs. Other times I listen to podfics and take a walk, or just generally rot away my time blogging around the net. ^^'''
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IdNiDveifencetum Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Listen to some music. Let all your problems fly away for now. Forget about everything. Think as if everything's perfect. Live as if it's your last day. Yes, art is a very GREAT way to vent out. Keep it going.
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Scyoni Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I draw really odd things when I'm feeling emotional. They aren't overt - it's not like gore or murder or giant hearts or anything - they're just strange. Big floral abstract designs and the human figure surrounded by meaningless patterns and such.

I guess this is an expression seeing as I never draw abstracts normally, but I don't even understand what it is... It isn't much of a conscious thing, either. I start drawing and the picture I meant to make segways into this strange thing I have when I'm finished.

Personally the biggest way I vent emotion is by listening to music that reflects my mood. I can listen to whatever music normally without getting emotional, but having emotional music sort of magnifies the feeling - makes it easier to let it out.

When you're down, try being impulsive. Do what you feel like doing on a dime if it won't hurt you or anyone else, and see how it makes you feel - eventually you'll find something that will help you vent.

Also, don't think about venting as being unproductive. I've done that. You need to remember that taking care of yourself - emotionally and physically - is your job above all else. If you can't do that, you can't be productive later, so make yourself a priority.
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RinaRyuu Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Depression, huh...
I know all about that feeling. Let me ask you this.

Are you really okay with letting things go the way they are? Are you fine with letting whatever happened to you control the entirety of your emotions and actions?

People "vent" in all different ways. It's not something that you do with effort. It happens. Don't try. Just do. It will happen.

A true artist, though they may stray afar, will always return to what they love.
Don't worry about getting back to it.

Surely, as an artist, you will return to your work when the time is right.

Best of Luck. :icondreamplz:
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IMDSound Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Digital Artist
Well what is art if not an outlet for emotion? So yeah, I guess I vent through art. But when I'm feeling down it doesn't mean I make sad or depressing art. My emotions just get me in the mood to draw in general!
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RavynneNevyrmore Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
If I'm in a general gloomy mood, sure. If something had truly devastated me and put me into a real hard depression, no. In that case I play video games.
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dancinpencil Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
at times I do. But you know, I believe it's healthy to express feelings through art. Because even if it's a negative feeling, I feel a sense of relief after I express it through the art of my choice :P
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WandererAtHeart Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
sometimes I don't feel like it either but if I come up with a picture in my head that I feel captures what I'm feeling, I just want to draw it. Even if you don't feel this doesn't mean your not an artist, everyone is just different. I think sometimes you just need to wait for it to pass.
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yeah, today I actually thought of an image in my head that captures everything I'm feeling, it's so complex though I don't know if ever finish it, but I started working on it a little at a time, it's helping a little.
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WandererAtHeart Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
That's better than nothing :) It always bugs me when I have an awesome image in my head but don't have the skills to finish it :(
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SweetJustABit Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Surprisingly, I get more ideas when I'm feeling sad or unsure. I don't know why, maybe because my head makes different scenarios which can work out well in art pieces. For example, not too long ago (last month) I was bullied and I was kind of sad, you know. . . to know that I am myself and no one likes, I don't want to change but I still want people to like me, I want them to like me for who I am, not for who they want me to be.

However, to answer your question, yes; I do vent and express my emotions through art (even thought I don't have many drawings posted here, I have many ideas to draw), and it really helps me to get less stressed. But I'm aware of your situation and I totally agree with Omega, you should just take some fresh air and change your life a bit, do new things, you might get better then :D

I wish you the best~
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
that's awful that you got bullied, it makes me very upset to hear that happened to you :( But I'm glad you found a way though it with drawing
and thank you
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SweetJustABit Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
I don't really feel that sorry for me. . .Actually, I don't even know very well what I feel. Half of me feels bad about that, it feels sad and kind of depressed, but the other half keeps saying "let it go; let it go" and I end up not really knowing how I should feel, even thought that I mostly go for the second half and "let it go". And also, when I don't have anything to do, all these problems come up my head and I feel the urge to cry, asking myself why the heck they don't like me. I feel like a victim when I cry, but when I stop. . .I feel weak for crying over such an insignificant thing (that it actually affects me) and I always think that there are people in a worse situation than mine. That just makes me feel so bad for crying, it's like all the reasons that I had to cry disappeared, like I was someone else. A mood swing.
And no, I don't have any mental diasease, well, not diagnosed at least, but this quick changes confuse me sometimes :shrug:

When I find new people online to talk to, I always end up confessing all these things, I feel safer if they know, I guess it's a way that I get to let all the "frustration" go. I guess I tell them because I know they don't know who I am so they can't blame of anything.

That, and people in the internet seem wiser, they seem to carry about others mare than they do in real life

I'm sorry for bothering you about this, I don't really even know why I do this, but I want you to know, whatever you're going through, I and many other persons in similar situations can help you. Well, I'd like to help, if I can.
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ClipItsWings Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
Certain emotions, i think, are easier to vent than others. Personally, if I'm angry or in love with life its really easy for me to get it out, but I'm totally the same when it comes to it being hard to work with depression.
I hope things get better for you; I really love your work.
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I agree that some emotions are more difficult to translate to art
thank you ^^
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Chronos94 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
usually do what Omega said, go out get some fresh air but I also listen to some music something more up beat or just a song that I love listening to kind of like musical therapy to get me over the hump.

Also hanging out with friends helps sometimes if you feel up to it, just get out of the house and do something fun
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Melanie-sama Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Artist
I know I do. Did it today. Shame the art turned out so crappy I don't even want to ink it. =(
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm sorry :hug: I think that's a reason I can't draw when I'm sad, I don't want to be ashamed of it later :(
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Melanie-sama Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student Artist
Eh, I'm not really ashamed of it... Trashcan won't judge. xD
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Solum-Ipsum Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I used to write it out in a prose or compose it as a song.
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ikur Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
even random scribbles can help~
Art is a form of expression, so draw your heart out <3

baking helps me too~
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ArtFreakA Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student General Artist
well I do use art as a way to vent but my pictures usually come out awful. So I suggest u pick up that pencil and scribble away. It does not need to be a pretty picture, in fact, you should actually burn it when you are done and with it your negative emotions. I know that it can be difficult when you are uninspired and feeling down but it is best not to keep your emotions locked-in. That will effect your good art work, and you wouldn't want that.
I hope this helps, and I hope you get better soon :)
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I'm all for burning things,it does help I sometimes would write out my feeling instead of drawing and then burn it, though I'd hate to burn one of my drawings
thank you
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ArtFreakA Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Student General Artist
yes writing out is also a good idea :)
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kmnfive Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
yes i do. =)

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LaughterInTheWoods Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Depression, fatigue and lack of willpower all come with being creative :(
I believe it’s all down to neurochemistry. There are certain brain chemicals that regulate your mood, tiredness, levels of motivation and your enjoyment of things like drawing. Take the right supplements and eat certain foods that address any deficiency you may have, then you may overcome the fatigue and lack of motivation. On top of that there’s all the common sense stuff like exercise, diet and avoiding artificial sweeteners. Your food is important, not just what it is but where it comes from (soil nutrient levels, chemicals, etc). Depression is very complex, there are so many things that could be causing it. I still don’t know what causes mine. I suffer from social anxiety, insomnia and fatigue, all linked to my depression that I have researched a way to cope with on and off for years. I’ve had varying levels of success with different supplements and I’m starting to grow my own food. Hopefully, of all these small things I do one of them will hit the spot. Pm me if you want more information and specific recommendations.
Also just forcing yourself to start drawing and then suddenly you’re in the zone! :D
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I have all those other things too along with depression, social anxiety, insomnia too, I also have a mild eating disorder. I've discovered a lot recently that creative people are especially more prone to depression. I know there are a lot of small steps that help, it's just getting started is the most difficult part.
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LaughterInTheWoods Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Getting started is hard, yea. I began by casually asking google and researching different herbs and reading through forums about people’s responses to trying different things. Use comon sense and don't get swindled though it's pretty obvious when something's trying to sell you something.
Also keeping up some of the supplements over time, because while they’re generally gentler, safer and more effective in the long term than many medications, they also can take weeks to months to get working (especially St John’s Wort and various vitamins). Often depression can come from a lack of B vitamins, zinc which are used to produce certain mood regulating nuerochemicals, and stuff like tryptophan which converts to serotonin (all feelings of pleasure are just serotonin and/or dopamine being released in the brain, when you don’t have much of these floating around in there, life seems to suck), but the best way to consume these is through foods instead of pill form when possible, good luck
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DutchConnaisseur Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Yes.
And just draw. No with the intention to do a piece of art. Just draw to vent.
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SomedaySakuhin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional General Artist
Well, when I'm drained of energy but want to draw, I'll usually pick something I nearly never draw with or choose just a combination of colors I want to see, so that I can do it more intuitonally and care less about the result. That helps me quite a bit, hope it might work for you too.
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think I do care too much about the result that's why I can't draw, I'll try what you said, it sounds like it could help
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SomedaySakuhin Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
Awesome, hope it works. :3
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signsofortune Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I've had the same experience. truth is, some emotions vent, and others just simmer and seethe inside. One method I might try to prompt creative movement is to listen to music. that can help shake up what's inside and get some of it out through those vents.

course, it might also make you even more miserable, but for some that is what they consider 'the creative process'
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I recently heard that simply surrendering to depression by listening to sad music or something like that actually helps to start coping with it.
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Kai-Nichi Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Been like that since I can remember man, living in a strange purgatory. I live in paranoia. At one side yea there is depression and all the other jazz, but then on the other there is just this unquenchable will to always be working on some project, something and anything, I've never really been able to stop, only take small breaks from whatever I'm doing. Learn to use the depression, the anger, let it flow. I can feel you about the turn for the worst, don't worry man, take it easy, I guarantee it'll get better, god knows we all been there, and when you get yourself from that place it feels better than before.
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Dreamcasts Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I draw when I'm sad, and I usually draw my characters bloody and hurt, and I honestly feel that it stops me from harming myself. When I have no drive to draw and I'm so upset that I can't handle it, I'll dig my fingernails into my skin and it's just augh, I'd much rather be sitting on my computer, drawing something stupid to drain the bad emotions away. I find that each person deals with strong, negative emotions in different ways, and that's fine! If you can't draw vent art when you're sad, nobody is making you.
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HeavenlySatanic Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student General Artist
My emotions often show up when I can doodle and just let my creativity flow..
But if I'm depressed I can't do anything for sure.
I usually just sleep it off.
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micky16 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
I have paintings in career art that I based around fears and a lot of other deep dark disturbing and just plain fucked up things that disturb me I have not posted them yet but I will tell you this I even find them hard to look at
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I think only one time in my life years ago I took out my frustrations in a drawing, it makes me cringe to look back on it. I want to be proud when I look back on my drawings not freaked out by it 0_o
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micky16 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I love freaky stuff though XD that's my problem and the fact that it has enough power to make someone like me who regularly reads creepy pastas and watches horror movies cringe then I know it will have a stronger impact on my fans when they look at it
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Corpse-boy Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
My way of expressing my emotions and depression onto canvas or paper, or digital canvas is with a distraction. i don't actually produce the work while im currently in depression's tight grip, i do it after words, after it has passed, but i keep the pain and feeling, but become immune to it like a sickness, so im able to draw it and vent although the feeling has passed.

then again in some extreme cases you can full your self to work, however most of the time for me it results in a stylish blood splat sketch'esh kind of peace. but does the trick of venting and releaseing those current feeling.
i hope this helps
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
I know what you mean, I can draw after I get a little better, but the sad feelings are still there
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darkland8 Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
when that happens to me i tend to just watch tv/anime it's a good stress relief that allows you to be lazy
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013  Student Digital Artist
That's what I tend to do, but I feel like I get stuck watching tv and not being able to do anything else D:
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darkland8 Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
ahh ya i get ya, i guess then the next option would be to go out with friends and do something active. That usually helps motivate me.
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SpookyInk Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013   Traditional Artist
I am the exact same way.
I can't do art when I am feeling extreme emotions. I simply just can't.
I have no idea how other people do it. I waste away my time (and myself really) by being online for hours on end or taking naps.
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RetkiKosmos Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Student Digital Artist
yeah, I can only distract myself when I'm feeling too emotional, I hate that it feels like I'm wasting time
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EbolaBears Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2013
Just get up and go for a walk, get some air.
If you're so focused on bad things you're not going to do anything if you're all stressed.

Get some fresh air, or some kind of exercise, loosen up, hydrate, and then draw something, anything.
Or redraw stuff.

Drink water, it hydrates you and helps the body purge toxins.
Tea is okay if you're cold but it dehydrates and soda , especially 'diet' soda, is linked to depression because of the shit that's in there, plus soda also dehydrates you.
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