When we first start drawing/illustrating/designing it feels like there is so much pressure to quickly find your style that many newbies feel paralyzed by indecision. Here are a few myth-busters about finding your style to help alleviate some of that creativity-killing pressure:
So…how do you find your style?
I want to change “find your style” to “uncover your style” because I believe that your style is something inside you that you have to work to bring out by peeling off layers of self-doubt and criticism. Here are some easy ways to start uncovering your style:
- Draw/design/create as often as possible. Daily is ideal because it keeps you in the creative mindset all the time.
- Don’t put pressure on yourself to find your style, but instead just worry about what colors/shapes/styles you like to look at in other artist’s work, then think about how you could apply that to your own.
- Do a monthly review of your work. What colors do you use often? What shapes are you drawn to? Take note of those and start building your self a style sheet (similar to a branding sheet) where you keep notes about your favorite topics, colors, and styles.
That's one of my patterns. It took quite some time bevor I found myself more a "minimalist" with a bohemian style. But who knows? Maybe tomorrow I love to create bold lettering!
I think the best way to find your style is to keep learning new skills and practicing your creative work until it becomes part of your daily routine.
I love helping artists and designers develop their style and skills in the Safari Lounge Designer Classes!
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