As a 22-years-old freelance artist I regularly face the challenge of having an art block. I usually try all kinds of things to get rid of it: taking a walk outside, doing fan art, taking a break from art for a couple days, etc. But lately I have discovered a really helpful way of overcoming the nightmare every artist faces from time to time: I just take a random animal and add "fantasy stuff" to it.


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Before I start I have my reference photos ready. Then comes the fun part. I add anything to my animal, that gives it an interesting, otherworldly or even odd look: I make the facial hair a bit longer here and there, add some surreal shapes and floating matter, put some markings on the animal's fur, add long whiskers, crystals or leaves and give it an intense expression by letting the eyes stand out as the only part that's colored within the drawing.

What started as my desperate attempt to regain inspiration and overcome my art block has now turned into a series of drawings I call "Souls of Nature". This series has actually helped me reach an incredible amount of people and gain lots of new supporters. I also take requests as to which animals I should do next and that has led to an amazing way of interacting with my followers on Instagram and Facebook.

To put it in a nutshell: as annoying as art blocks may be, sometimes they lead you to trying out new things and discovering fields of art you might have never found otherwise.

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#1 Capricorn

Capricorn

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Sarang Khanna 5 days ago

I am your fan since the time you painted by the name of Sanguis Galidus. Love your work always. Especially "Spirits of the Seasons" series.

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#2 Owl

Owl

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Luis Milian 1 week ago

them eyes judging my soul. love it! ;-)

#3 Fox

Fox

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Speedy_Sloth 1 week ago

I love it! It's A LOT better than my cartoon drawings. They are just for boredom. Actually you can see some of them if you click my icon and look at "In my free-time I used to watch television, now I draw, sketch, and paint." Literally nothing compared to these awesome works of art. These are gorgeous! I think I need to start putting forth more effort!!! Stunning!!!

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#4 Wolf

Wolf

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Hannah Hollowell 2 weeks ago

Magical

#5 Sea Horse

Sea Horse

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Agnes Auxiliatrix 2 weeks ago

Seriously, this is you when you have ART BLOCK? The best I can do is scribble an amoeba

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#6 Ice Bear

Ice Bear

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Hannah Hollowell 2 weeks ago

AMAZING!!!!!!!

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#7 Saluki

Saluki

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Tracey Tait 1 week ago

The metallic shine on the embellishments is outstanding!

#8 Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

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Hannah Hollowell 2 weeks ago

I love this one!!!!

#9 Panda

Panda

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Hannah Hollowell 2 weeks ago

It looks like something from a movie

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#10 Tiger

Tiger

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Luis Milian 1 week ago

this one is by far my favorite! amazing

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#11 Lion

Lion

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Miklós Nagy 1 week ago

‘Fantasy Stuff’ Which is usually horns+crystals+blue?

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#12 Lynx

Lynx

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#13 Eagle

Eagle

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Fandoms Rise 1 week ago

Epic!