Sooo… I’ve been artistically inactive lately. For a long time. There were multiple reasons for that but I think some of the reasons are slowly going away and therefore my inspiration is also slowly coming back.
During my hiatus, I got myself a display tablet after years of dreaming about one and I’m impressed with how much easier life (as in: digital art) is now. It’s much more intuitive and less tiring than using a regular (non-display) graphic tablet since the brain doesn’t have to perform the circus trick that is processing drawing the thing in one place and seeing the result in the other. I do recommend getting a display tablet to everyone who can and is considering it. It makes a huge difference.
One of the things that helped me get inspired once again was my discovery of a very interesting website. What you do there is merge (or “breed”) 2 or more images together, to create a new one, with traits from each “bred” picture. You have sliders depending on the category that help you edit certain desired or undesired features (“genes”). My favorite categories to play with are portraits and landscapes but there’s is more categories to explore like anime and general and it’s fun and addictive to use the website so definitely try that if you need some inspiration.
And yet another thing that somewhat gave me the inspiration to create art is a new Clip Studio Paint feature that is recording the timelapse of your work (like in good old oekaki if someone remembers the thing or Open Canvas). I’ve always been a fan of timelapse recordings so I definitely love the feature but I’m still experimenting with it.