As a 22-years-old freelance artist Jonas Jödicke regularly face the challenge of having an art block. He usually tries 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 he has discovered a really helpful way of overcoming the nightmare every artist faces from time to time: he just take a random animal and adds “fantasy stuff” to it.
Before he starts he has his reference photos ready. Then comes the fun part. He adds anything to his animal, that gives it an interesting, otherworldly or even odd look: he makes the facial hair a bit longer here and there, adds some surreal shapes and floating matter, puts some markings on the animal’s fur, adds long whiskers, crystals or leaves and gives it an intense expression by letting the eyes stand out as the only part that’s colored within the drawing.
What started as his desperate attempt to regain inspiration and overcome his art block has now turned into a series of drawings he calls “Souls of Nature”. This series has actually helped him reach an incredible amount of people and gain lots of new supporters. He also takes requests as to which animals he should do next and that has led to an amazing way of interacting with his 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.”