Aug232018: Art Style

“Any tips on how to develop your own art style? Yours is so unique and esthetically pleasing… Whenever I try to draw something I’m just like eww. no, this is not me. I know that this is probably something that every artist experiences at some point in their life, but… I was wondering if you’ve ever felt the same, and if you know any tricks for feeling more positive and confident about my works”

Heylo! Thanks so much for sending the ask!

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My style’s unique signatures (whatever they might be) have been present for a long time, as in the sparkledog timeline above, but you can also clearly tell that there were a lot of hiccups and insecurities in the beginning. When I was younger, I wasn’t very comfortable with the look of my art, and wanted something different. Something more ‘professional’? If anyone remembers the 2008 Deviantart Sparkledog Greats, that was what I craved for. I had a few artists I looked up to that I viewed as #goals. It was evident that I wanted my art to look less like…what it looked like at the time, and more like other people’s styles.

What happened was that I experimented a lot. Every month between 2008 – 2010 I did a report about what I wasn’t satisfied about in my style. i.e shapes, anatomy, etc. Then I would dedicate time to just work on those supposed flaws. You can see the massive leap during that period. It was really all wild. Meanwhile, the unique signatures stubbornly persisted. I couldn’t get rid of the way I interpreted shapes. It def wasn’t like the Disney-Balto-anime hybrid style that was hot. At the end of 2010, I felt less insecure about my artwork, mostly because I started to care less about what people think and my view of art styles expanded. It moved away from a small set of sparkledog greats to a diverse community of animators, illustrators and comics artists. I veered off to do my own thing, still experimenting, and in 2014, that thing became solid.

What I’m trying to illuminate with my teenage sparkledog journey here is that finding confidence in an artistic voice takes awhile. Persistence and an openness for experimentation, plus having direction (doing the report) and passion for new, interesting styles, helps to develop it. At least being open and experimental will convince you to think less about how your style should look, and more about how your style can be.

If you’re starting out in art, or are drawing during a time in your life when you’re growing up, it’s normal to feel growing pains. Part of maturing as an artist/person is learning to be confident of your voice. It’s an interesting period to be in, so go relish in it! Explore the art world, find the type of art you vibe with, learn and learn and learn.

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

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Reimena Yee is a graphic novelist, artist and flamingo enthusiast.

She writes and illustrates quite a few webcomics and graphic novels. When not making books, she lulls away her time with essays on craft, life and experiences in the publishing industry. Some of her thoughts of art and life are rather unstructured and will evolve over time as this blog matures, as they should be.

Currently committed to being Alexander the Great's death doula. Is a nerd for all things spooky and historical.

Melbourne / Kuala Lumpur

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