Hello everyone here at Conceptart.org,
I have a frustration that just seems to keep nagging me and I can't seem to get rid of. I've been drawing since I was very young and now having been in the Fine Art Degree at University for 2 years I have been drawing extensively.
Needless to say, though I am always learning, I have found I am very comfortable drawing regardless of the subject matter. Unfortunately I find I am wholely bound to observation from real life. My frustration comes from the fact that when I sit down with my sketchbook with no reference in front of me and intending to draw, my mind freezes up, and whether it be that I have no ideas or I just can't transfer the ideas in my head to paper, my drawing sessions end in disappointment.
I am wondering if there are any ideas, methods, excercises, techniques or anything that you more experienced people out there might have used to make this transition from observation based drawing to drawing from the mind? At this point I can use references from life and draw just fine but as soon as I sit down to draw, my mind draws a blank.
Thanks for the help and hopefully me asking this question helps others that may be in my same predicament.