I'm an art student, and I've developed a strange problem within the past few months: I've become preoccupied with making something unique to the point that it's hindering my enjoyment of drawing.
Here's an example of what I'm talking about:
I sit down to draw. What am I going to draw? Maybe a barbarian? Thousands of artists have drawn barbarians. What could I do to make a barbarian unique? Umm...Ben Franklin as a barbarian? No, that's just stupid... Maybe a jester girl? Okay, that seems okay... here we are! Her hat looks nice and interesting...wait a minute, that's the same kind of hat that the boss of Oracle of Ages wears! Shit, I thought I had come up with something original!
This sort of thing is happening all the time with me now. I know artists don't necessarily come up with new things all the time: using barbarians as an example, all kinds of games have barbarians in them, which means that many, many concept artists have drawn them before. However, I still don't like the idea that everything I draw is essentially a retread of a tired old idea.
I know this seems silly, but does anyone have any ideas on how I can put all this into better perspective? I've been drawing for a long time now, and I don't want to lose interest in art because of something like this (especially since I'm about to be a Junior at an art school!).