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A common question I get asked is how to develop a good style.

Here are some of my thoughts on this subject...

Don't think what kind of style do people want. Just be yourself & search for knowledge. Style is developed through knowledge.

Just painting or drawing how you naturally do is not enough to develop a good solid style. If art is an interpretation of something we can relate to LIFE, then you have to learn about the different aspects of LIFE to get better at art. Nothing is sadder than seeing an artist with a great idea but doesn't have the knowledge or skill to make it happen the way they had initially envisioned it. I still have this problem from time to time so I search for the knowledge and know how to make the idea I initially had to appear the way I want it to.

Your ideas are what makes you unique. Once you have the idea, you search for the knowledge to make those ideas happen the way you envisioned it. I don't know about all of you but I can bet that when most of you learn something new, you can't wait to use the knowledge somehow in your next painting. This changes how the painting looks. With enough changes and exploration, the whole style evolves and the knowledge you learned to get there has come from a genuine place of passion and personal interest. This search for knowledge (instead of searching for a 'style') creates a solid unique style that is all your own. Style is developed through knowledge."

I said "Don't think what kind of style do people want" because as corny as it sounds we are all unique in our own ways. Use your unique personality, history, interests, family... etc to create a style that no one has seen before. That's how to develop a great style.


Sending positive vibes to you all.
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jOsSse Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
really inspiring, thanks Bobby!
Batuxa Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2011   Filmographer
I was getting there thanks to :D
DeathChronx Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2011  Student General Artist
Great! Thanks for the positive vibes, I'm always wondering if my art will begin to show a more definitive 'style', but now I'm sure that it just takes hard work and exploration in what really interests me in others work, and the world around me, and learn more about it!
Kimmy-Quevil Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
this news report is great as it relates to all aspects of life not just art. I am constantly looking for new ideas or techniques for my crafting and sewing.
GisaPizzatto Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Featured!!!!!! [link]
WhistleAndSnap Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student General Artist
wow. You're absolutely right. I've been worrying about my "style" for a long time now, but you know what? I think I'll give myself a break and try a couple new things. thanks for this article!
BatParasol Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010
its always nice to see others with unique styles, but sometimes i get jealous for others who grab the most attention. Especially if the style is just so simple <:0 But ty for the article<3
youlootamax Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
This is extremely encouraging to read =) I'm one of those artists that's been working on developing my own style for years now, but often gets discouraged because it's not what "the people" want. Luckily, I have a really hard time going out of my way to cater to people, so I haven't fallen into the trap of just doing what other people want. There was this one artist I used to watch who had a really nice style, but then just switched to only drawing pinups of female cartoon characters because "it was the most popular thing" he did. It was really sad to see, because although his art was still pretty decent, his style lost a lot of the life it used to have since that became his only focus. Although I don't like knocking on fanart, since a part of growing is translating other people and characters into your style, it's when an artist goes from having their own style to only drawing it in the "official" style that it becomes frustrating for me to watch.
PENANDINKDRAWINGS Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010
I agree,just be yourself.
SkullKnockade Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2010  Student
Third line is an eye-opener. Thank you so much. :)
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