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.
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.
#5 Sea Horse
#6 Ice Bear
#8 Snow Leopard