There is always a point in the year where I feel useless in terms of art. Either I don't like what I make, feel unfocused, or have little energy to put into illustrating. I find I have never-ending creative energy in the fall and late summer, but it can get particularly rough to be inspired in the end of winter. Usually, to get myself out of this rut, I buy myself a cheap, crappy sketchbook and begin to paste images I like into it. I cut them out of magazines and newspaper, print them out, or find scraps of things I like. Then I begin to write things in the sketchbook with small doodles beside them. I usually visit an art or natural history museum and take photos and draw what I like there Overall, I try to not be afraid to make a ton of "bad" art before I make any "good" art. Sometimes, the art I make that I don't like transforms into something I like much more in the end or sparks a trend that is satisfying to me. Its all about taking time and allowing myself to make creative choices that are different from the ones I've made before. It is also allowing my sketchbooks to be a place where I make imperfect art and to be inspired by everything around me.
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