Finding My Style

A lot of you have been asking me how I've developed my style, and I found it hard to give you guys an answer that you haven't heard before, which is to just keep drawing, and the style will eventually come. Rather than to preach to you guys I thought I'd share my journey into finding my own style instead. So yes, it is true, if you keep drawing, your style will eventually develop but like many people that was hard for me to believe because I couldn't imagine it. Developing a style has always been this huge dilemma for me because having my own style was like having my own identity, whether it's art or fashion, It's how the rest of the world will perceive me.

If you look through my past work, it was clear that my style was all over the place. There was one point where I thought that the more realistic the drawing the better, then I strayed completely away from that and started doing drawings heavily inspired by graphic design, and it goes on. I would get so frustrated everyday because I didn't like what I was producing, but instead of letting that bring me down I used that frustration as drive to keep trying and to continuously push myself to create something I was proud of. So although there's no doubt there was a lot of inconsistency in my work, what came out of that was a lot of growth. That's what I hope you take away from this. I believe every artist has to go through a similar journey in their career one way or another, just know that as long as you keep a strong work ethic, there's no way you will fail. 
[Below on the left is an older pieces that was heavily inspired by graphic design, which I still subtly emulate in my pieces today as you can see with the painting on the right.]


Here's something I would do sometimes so maybe you want to give it a try too; every now and then, try to imitate another artist's style (one that you admire) for fun! Each time, add your own twist/creativity to it, a little bit of yourself, and you'll see that the more you do that, the more you'll see YOURSELF shine through in every drawing, and slowly it'll just be you in every piece (I hope that makes sense).

It took a really long time to get to where I am today, a lot of trial and error, frustration, breakdowns, and only now am I content with the work I'm producing. That's not to say my style will never change though, in fact, it most likely will, but that's something I've learned to accept. I have to constantly remind myself to just focus on the now and how I can get better as an artist. So in conclusion, if you like drawing people, focus on getting better at anatomy, if you like painting landscapes, go out and paint more landscapes! Your style will come, I promise you :). I hope this helped some of you, if you guys have any more questions you want answered, feel free to email me or comment below! Thanks for reading!

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