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Drawing Upon Your Style

As an Artist no matter how you got your start in drawing and proceeded forward to find the medium that suits you, it is ideal to find your own way of working that is unique to you. That is your style. It identifies you. When people see the work of art, if they are familiar with the history of art styles, then they will see you or at least realize that you are different somehow.

The Journey

Finding my own style is something I am still in the process of. As I studied Animation at Savannah College of Art & Design, I first set out to find my own style. However, my professors wanted me to prove myself first. Rightfully so, since I was often quiet and off doing my own thing. People will not know what you're made of until you show them. Somewhere in all of this I got really mixed up in having to prove myself time and time again. First it was with my prerequisite courses in the Fine Arts. Then it became a hassle in my Animation major. Yet, it was a really good beat down in the Animation major. I love anime! It is my inspiration for becoming an artist. Still I was unaware of many of the basics that make up animation from both East and West. Once my professors pointed this fact out to me, I had to do a lot of homework in order to understand what they were trying to teach me. Though this journey was quite painful, it also was indeed pleasurable in the end. I got to learn why I love art and anime so much! I also learned a valuable lesson about humanity.

I could talk forever about this lesson, but I will try to sum it up here. I was talking to an Art History professor who earned his PH.D and knew a great deal about American history as well as Art History. He was on my thesis committee. Here I am this young man who's overjoyed about what I was learning about anime and comparing it to Western Animation when he got offended. No, I never meant to say that anime is better than Western Animation. Of course, the content can be conveyed that way since there is nowhere that anyone makes a direct statement. As I was meeting with him, dealt with his negative responses, and thought about it; later I did take his message into consideration. At first it was very hard to come up with an answer. Then I searched within myself for understanding. In this process I thought about how people fight each other based upon religion, race, location, etc and then I found the answer! Two things that are one in the same, for instance animation, can be expressed in such different ways that they take upon a life of their own. In the case with anime and Western style animation; to be more specific, the college emphasized Disney Animation, both are animation, but they play by different rules. There is no right and wrong here. They are different. Many people are unaware of this fact when they start comparing the two. Even so, we all are entitled to our opinions.

An Approach to Find Your Style

Alright let's get back on track. Finding your style? To do so you must do some exploring throughout the art world to find what suits you best. This is why Art History, going out to Art Meetups, going to the Museums, cultural to spiritual events related to Art, etc are so important! In other words, do your research. Perhaps I should also add that there are people who are just blessed with insane talent! There are kids as young as 5, maybe even younger, who already have found their style!!! Now that's most often because a parent guided them to that and the child was able to figure it out. Otherwise for us normal people, the next step is to take action. Practice whatever new approach appeals to you. Finally, never be afraid to express yourself! Unless you live in a totalitarian society and have to sneak around about it, do not be afraid to express what you truly feel. No matter how bizarre it is, that will identify you in your work. We are all human. When we as Artists convey our humanity in our work there will be someone out there who can relate to it. If we go too far such as some Artistic Movements have done, then we as Artist will have to give the audience a hand in where we're coming from. Just to reiterate:

  • Research Art
  • Take Action and Practice
  • Do not be afraid to Express Yourself

Well, I better practice what I preach. In my research I have seen some amazing drawings that make me doubt myself, yet I am also inspired to obtain this new height just as that Artist worked towards.


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