To get an image out of my head!
"So you use that as a measure to unsee stuff?"
No, to bring it into the world.
In some cases it's that an idea for a really dynamic or exciting scene comes to me from gaming or movies or whatever and I put it to paper so that by drawing it I can experience the excitement, tension, or whatever emotion that the picture contains. This submission of mine fav.me/d4j4388
was done for that reason; I could've just looked at the scene pictured in my head far more accurately, with a full environment around it and a much larger scene to see, but in drawing it out I actually felt some of the excitement of the battle as my pencil went across the paper.
Other times, it's more to express or articulate an emotional intensity that I can't otherwise express and thus get out of my system. My Red vs Blue OC Jaimeson was concieved wholesale as a receptacle for my temper and everything I fear about it. To quote part of the Journal entry that I first announced him on here in: "...Unlike my other two (or perhaps only to a further extent) Jaimeson is more a part of myself, a projection of a certain facet of my personality: essentially, he *is* my temper, my explosive anger, and my fear of what I might do the next time my fury breaks loose of its constraints...." See, one day about a year ago I was really pissed off about something, but it hit just the right degree that I was mad enough to need to do something about it, but not so much that I was just left with a blind fury to take out on a tree (trust me, it works). So I sat down in the small grove of trees on my campus, opened my sketchbook, and began to just write about who this side of me was that I tried so hard to hide from everyone, and how that aspect of my self would be personified in the world of Red vs Blue (since I had recently created two characters in it already). And you know what, it really helped.
That was my original answer to the question in the title when it was asked by another Deviant in a poll, and the reply to another Deviant's comment on my original response. It really helped me to analyze and wordify a bit about myself, and I thought I might wanna post that. Mostly so that I have it recorded, because, well why not? I find it helps to have self-reflection recorded somewhere anyway.
But anyways, thoughts people?