How to Develop Your Own Drawing Style

In today’s article, we will be talking about one of the most daunting questions every artist asks at some point in their career: how do I develop my own drawing style? I’m sure that by now you’ve probably realized that when you look at different pieces of art, each one has some type of quirk or addition that makes it unique to that artist. Whether it’s the way they draw certain things or the way they color in their art, every artist creates in different and unique ways in their own style. The bigger question is, how do you find your style? Hopefully, this article will give you some valuable information on how to do that.

Now, keep in mind that these steps don’t guarantee that you’ll find your art style in the blink of an eye, but instead it will give you a strong foundation to build on as you learn through drawing. A couple years later you’ll notice that your style has changed and refined itself for sure, but the transition will look natural because of the foundation you started with. So, let’s get to it!

  1. Choose three artists or art styles that you particularly enjoy.

First things first, you need to pick three artists or art styles that you really like. Make sure to think about this one and don’t just pick three random things for the sake of it! These things will eventually become key components in your art style, so make sure they’re things you really love. Try to make sure that any of the artists you may pick don’t have similar styles, the best thing to have in this step is variety. Think about artists you admire and art styles that you love.

  1. Choose an image for each of the three things you picked that best represents each of them.

Now, for each of the three things you picked, you’ll pick one thing that best represents it. For example, say you picked anime for an art style. Therefore, you’d pick your favorite anime picture. If you picked Vincent van Gogh as your favorite artist, then you would pick your favorite painting of his. In this step, it’s important that you only pick one picture, so take your time and pick images that you really love, and images that you would buy from others.

  1. Study each of the images you chose in step 2.

It’s suggested that in this step, have a pen and paper ready so you can write down your observations. In each of the images you chose in step 2, there’s one element in that image that makes the picture stand out and look amazing. Your job is to find out what that is and write it down. Study it and figure out how it works. There are no such thing as wrong observations, just make sure you’re specific. Instead of writing down “I like how they colored this picture.” figure out why you like how they colored it. Is it the color palette they used? Is it the way they shaded their picture?

  1. Combine the artistic elements you identified in step 3 together into an original drawing.  

Finally! This is the last step. Now you need to combine the elements you found in step three into a single original drawing of your own. Just to be clear, you aren’t combining the subject matter from the images you chose, you’re combining the artistic elements you chose (coloring, line-art, etc). The subject matter is up to you, I’d recommend drawing something you’re familiar with. Here’s an example: Let’s say you always draw characters from popular TV shows, and you’re deciding to draw your favorite character. For your artistic elements, we’ll say you chose artist A’s line-art, artist B’s coloring style, and artist C’s shading techniques. Start off with a simple sketch of the character, the same way you’ve always drawn it. Next, when you do the line-art you’ll do it in the style of artist A from earlier. When it’s time to color you’ll use the color palettes of artist B, and the shading technique of artist C.

That’s all there is to it! As I said earlier, this isn’t a guaranteed way to suddenly find your own art style, since it does take time to refine. However, using this process will definitely give you a strong base to work off of and make unique art!

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Here’s a picture I found where someone drew in many different styles from TV shows. It’s interesting when you compare the styles and see their differences and similarities!

Sources:

https://copicmarkertutorials.com/how-to-find-your-own-personal-drawing-style/

http://santiagojacome.tumblr.com/post/122784342445/this-is-me-in-9-different-styles-most-of-them

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The Ultimate Guide to Drawing Faces:

In my opinion, drawing the face of a character is one of the hardest things to do correctly – mostly because the proportions are rather specific. There are a couple of basic guidelines that are always good to follow or at least keep in mind, and once you practice this process becomes easy! Today I’ll be giving you a few helpful hints and tricks to draw those dazzling faces correctly.

After you’ve drawn the basic shape of the face, something I highly recommend is lightly drawing in some guidelines along the face. These will help you figure out where to place features such as the eyes, nose, and mouth. This picture (http://pre09.deviantart.net/4885/th/pre/i/2012/360/5/6/tutorial_how_to_draw_a_face_by_mauroillustrator-d5p8u1d.jpg) explains the guidelines rather well using diagrams and drawings. Two things to also keep in mind are that the eyes should be around the halfway point on the face, and the ears should be just a tad lower than that.

Now that we have the foundation of the face drawn, it’s time to add some life to our drawing! One simple way we can do this is by using different facial expressions. Although drawing different expressions can look intimidating (pun intended) it’s actually pretty simple! This picture (https://s-media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/564x/13/65/5b/13655b2f696f0507993a685c73d92b17.jpg) is one that I found on the internet a while ago, and it’s helped me out a lot when I’m trying to find the right facial expression for my characters. As you can see in the picture, if you start with a neutral expression you can transform it into almost any emotion with one simple change. Eyebrows play a big part in facial expressions, along with different mouths. After you’re able to convey an emotion (such as sadness, happiness, worry, etc.), you can even take them a step further to deepen the emotions! The picture illustrates this well, and you can see that with a small change you can turn facial expressions of happiness to overjoyed, sadness into depressed, and so on.

All in all, I hope this article gave you some insight and useful information on how to draw faces, along with the emotions they encompass. Remember to keep practicing and don’t give up!

Sources:

http://mauroillustrator.deviantart.com/art/Tutorial-HOW-TO-DRAW-A-FACE-344733457

https://www.facebook.com/CharacterDesignReferences

4 Artists to Follow:

Last week we talked about how to fix artist’s block and become inspired. One of the things that was also mentioned was finding inspiration by looking at art done by other people. Sometimes we just need a little extra push to get the ideas flowing! Therefore, today I’ll show you some of the artists that I’ve followed over the years that have both great art and amazing tutorials!

  1. Mark Crilley:
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A picture of Mark Crilley.

Mark Crilley has been a big inspiration in my life as he was the one who I looked up to and aspired to be like. When I was first learning to draw, his tutorials were what really helped me out and he presents his content in a way that I found fun. He’s a published author and illustrator, some of his notable works being Miki Falls, Brody’s Ghost, and Akiko. While his art style is mostly related to manga and anime, he does have tutorials on how to draw more realistic things such as the human eye. He has tutorials for nearly anything from facial features to properly drawing the body’s structure. I would definitely recommend you check him out if you’re interested in manga/anime styled drawings!

      2. Draw with Jazza:

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The main logo for Draw with Jazza.

Draw with Jazza is someone whom I just found recently, about one year ago. I had discovered him when one of his videos on how to animate was shown in a class I was taking. He explained things simply enough that the average person could understand it, but with just the right amount of detail so you knew exactly what you were doing. He uses both traditional and digital means for his art, and he explains both well. His tutorials include how to draw in perspective, how to do animation, and he even has videos to show you how to use certain art programs! I would recommend him if you like to do a lot of digital work and if you’d like to find out how to turn your love for art into a business.

     3. Cyarine:

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Cyarine’s Twitter profile picture.

Cyarine is an artist who’s work I’ve seen on the internet forever, but I wasn’t able to find her until a while ago! She uses many different mediums for her art such as copic markers, watercolors, ink, or digital programs. She uploads some tutorials on how she draws certain things in her unique style, such as lips, hair, etc. With all of the art uploaded on her channel I think it’s a great place to look for inspiration as well! Her drawings usually consist of either characters she’s made up herself or characters from popular video games, TV shows/movies, and pop culture. She’s a person I’d recommend to look at if you need some inspiration and are wanting to do digital art!

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Crilley

http://www.impact-books.com/manga/manga-monday-mark-crilley-webinar

https://www.youtube.com/user/DrawWithJazza

http://www.federationstory.com/drawing-has-never-been-so-interactive/

https://www.youtube.com/user/PumpkinMitch/videos

https://twitter.com/cyarine

Here Come New Ideas For Art!

I’m sure you’ve probably heard of a writer complain at least once about getting something called writer’s block, but have you ever heard of artist’s block? Both of these concepts share the similarity that causes the affected person to be at a loss for ideas, but artist’s block is different in the way that the affected person(s) is at a loss for ideas in art, not writing. In this week’s article, I’ll try and give you different ways to cope and overcome artist’s block, along with some brainstorming websites you can use to get those ideas flowing again!

1. Stop and relax for a while:

Feeling pressured and hurried will definitely not help the art creating process. Take time to stop and refresh yourself, don’t force yourself to create art. Inspiration will find you when you’re ready.

2. Have a few projects on the go at a time so if you get bored with one you can change to another:

If you ever get bored with a project or are unsure of how to continue it, start another (or switch to one you have already started)! Different challenges are in every piece of art, and they will keep you interested and busy.

3. Try a new or different medium:

Exploring with different materials and mediums are a great way to become inspired and try something different in art. Plus, you might even find that you’re very good at using a medium you had never tried!

4. Get inspired by places, people, and things:

Sometimes you need to look beyond yourself for inspiration, and that’s okay! Don’t be afraid to go online or go outside to help get those creative ideas started. Try looking at other’s art, or even go to an art workshop! Little things like these can suddenly spark brilliant ideas and inspire you.

5. Don’t be afraid of making ‘bad’ art:

Remember that your art doesn’t need to be perfect! You’re always allowed to make ‘bad art’ because it’s better than no art at all. Having a fear of making ‘bad art’ usually comes from comparing your art to others, so try to not do that! Compare your art with your own older projects and you’ll see how much you’ve improved along with any changes you can make.

6. Just do it! (Be motivated by Mr. Shia Labeouf):

If all else fails, just do it! Don’t let your fears or worries hold you back and start creating. You can randomly doodle on papers, start sculpting, etc. The point is to release your emotions into your art and have some fun creating it instead of stressing over the details! You might even make a masterpiece without trying.

Here’s a video to motivate you: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZXsQAXx_ao0

Finally, I’ll give you a couple websites and blogs I’ve found that post prompts to try and inspire you to create something!

http://artprompts.org/ (I really enjoy this website, it has prompts for nearly anything!)

https://www.theartofed.com/2015/11/10/100-sketchbook-prompts-your-students-will-love/ (This website is great if you like to usually draw things you see in everyday life.)

Sources:

http://www.wikihow.com/Overcome-Artist’s-Block