If there's one subject I see beginner artists asking about time and time again, it's art style.
The idea of having a recognizable style - something that people use to gauge whether or not a piece of artwork belongs to you - is certainly appealing. Unfortunately, the process of developing an art style is not something that happens overnight, as ideal as that would be.
In the above video, I discuss what I believe art style is, what art style is not, and give a few tips on developing a style of your own.
- Art style should not be stagnant. You don't "find" your art style, then stop growing and developing as an artist. Since many artists consider their work to be an extension of themselves, this only makes sense. As human beings, we are constantly evolving, so it follows that our artwork would evolve with us. This is why I prefer the phrase "developing your style" over "finding your style".
- Don't let your artwork be defined by your "style". Just because you typically do something a certain way doesn't mean you will (or should) always do it that way. If you feel an impulse to do something differently but it's not something you associate with your style, do it anyways.
- Don't use "it's just my style" as an excuse to get out of doing something that's scary or hard.
- Draw a lot. This is key to developing your art style. Your hand can't instinctively know what to do unless you give it a chance to learn, just like in any other hobby. Once you've done something enough, your body will start to understand what you want from it.
- Have a solid grasp on the basics. Though there is always more to learn (and I have a long way to go as well), having an overview of art fundamentals will give you a point of reference for changing things. Learn the rules so you know how to break them.
Though the above bullet points are some of the more key takeaways from the video, there are many more tidbits to learn from the video itself. I hope this was a helpful overview, and let me know if you have any questions or video ideas. See you all next time!