Identify the clichés
Take the initiative to create artworks that demonstrate your thinking process, that pushes beyond the most literal, cliché reaction in a piece. In fact, the best way to combat the danger of a cliché is to eliminate that option immediately.
When Prof Lieu does brainstorming exercises with her studio art classes, she asks the students to draw three sketches that represent the most obvious, literal, and cliché sketches they can possibly come up with in response to the assignment prompt. This identifies essentially the most boring, generic options for any given prompt, allowing students to move past those options and come up with ones that are more unusual.!