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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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