How To Develop An Art Style. By Caroline Perez (Age: 13)
Before we can go on to how to develop an art style, I want to thank Allison Bruning for giving me this opportunity of writing this blog post.
First off, we need to understand what is an art style. An art style is ‘any distinctive way art is performed depending on the artist.’ Basically, how a person draws art depending on them. One person would like to ink simplistic characters in a cartoonish art style; another might prefer to sketch complex animasque chibi characters, while yet another would rather like to draw realistic watercolor people. Art styles depend on who you are. There is no ‘correct’ way of art. And I will help you find it!
Developing your art style is going to take time, so be patient. Artists don’t become professionals overnight, after all. With out further ado, let the process of improving your artwork begin!
Number One: Anatomy, Anatomy, Anatomy!
Learning how humans (and animals) are supposed to look at different angles and postures can be aesthetically pleasing to the eye. It also helps to take examples from real life and put them into paper.
Number Two: Take Examples Of Others’ Art Style.
I’m not saying to outright trace the art of another artist, that is unacceptable; but to simply take elements from others art style. You might like the way one artist draws eyes, or another artist’s way of drawing animals, and that’s fine! You can add hints of these, into your art. You can also learn a lot on how to draw from other artists. Expand your horizon of art styles. Also, a word of wisdom: Learn how to work with colors, if you plan on coloring in your art. Learn why some colors work together, while others won’t. You can’t imagine how many pieces of great art have been ruined by awful, eye bleeding color schemes. Take inspirations from nature. Optionally, also learn how to draw textures, and how shadows work.
Number Three: Don’t Expect Perfection.
Perfection doesn’t exist. However, you can expect progress. Developing an art style will take a lot of time, but in the end, it’s worth it! Be sure to try as much as you like. Try watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, or even just sketch, as long as you are comfortable. And remember, art isn’t art unless you have fun! If you cant seem to make any more progress, be sure to take a break (take a breather, a walk, something!).
All in all, to develop your own art style, take examples of figures from real life, learn anatomy; try as much art styles as you can, take hints of art styles you like and blend it in with yours. Try to learn how colors, textures, and shadows work. Try watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, sketching, and anything within your comfort zone. Of course, it is also good to try new things. Take inspiration from nature and other artists when you are frustrated. Don’t expect perfection, expect progress, and last of all: HAVE FUN!