It is too easy for people to say that they can’t draw when the truth is that they just haven’t yet figured out the best way to express themselves.
Everyone can learn how to draw, and the trick is to find a drawing style and develop it. Keep on reading to find out how to find your drawing style!
- Finding a drawing style is a lot of trial and error.
- The process takes time, a lot of experimenting, hard work, trying out different techniques, and mimicking the masters in the field.
- Be patient and practice drawing constantly, and slowly but surely, you will start to develop your own drawing style.
- Get inspired by other artists, and combine different styles together to create your style.
- Have fun drawing, and remember that you can have multiple drawing styles.
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Draw What Feels Good To You
When you are trying to find your drawing style, and you either mimic or copy some of your favorite artists, you might get the feeling of “this doesn’t feel good to me” or “this way of drawing doesn’t suit me,” then it’s time to think whether that drawing style is actually for you.
Drawing should feel good, enjoyable, something that brings you joy. It feels forced or otherwise unpleasant. You are basically doing it wrong.
Draw what feels good to you. Draw in a way that feels good and not forced. People draw differently, and some techniques work for others, but others might feel uncomfortable.
Draw Things You Like
You might like to draw flowers, landscapes, trees, fruits, faces, hair, etc. Every artist draws hair differently, or a cat differently. When you draw things you like, you usually draw them often.
I personally like to draw eyes and faces, so my works tend to always have those. The more you draw a specific object, the more your way of drawing it starts to show up.
When you draw things you like, you slowly but surely develop a style for it.
Draw A Lot
Nothing beats hard work. When you draw a lot, you also at the same time practice a lot. You slowly develop a process for drawing, and with that process, a drawing style is formed.
It could be that you start by drawing the structure of the face first, or you may draw a silhouette first. All of these elements slowly grow into you, and over time the way you draw silhouettes, for example, starts to look like your way of drawing them.
However, it’s only because you’ve drawn so many silhouettes, for example, that it starts to look like your silhouettes.
Focus In A topic
Just like with drawing a lot, the more you focus on a topic, the more you become familiar with the structure it has. When you know the structure of a certain object or a thing, you are better equipped to transform the object to your style of object.
When you start to transform an object to your style of object, it becomes a way you draw that object, giving it a drawing style.
Experiment With Different Styles
You probably can’t find or develop a drawing style if you are not experimenting with different styles. We, artists, are usually inspired by many things, tv-series, movies, video games, artists, nature, music, etc. All of the mentioned things have different styles and ways of existing visually.
One day you might be inspired by renaissance art, and the next day you might be inspired by ukiyo-e art.
When you experiment with different styles, you are also sensing what brings the most joy to you. Do you feel the most joy when you draw cars in an Alphonse Mucha style, or do you feel joy when you draw faces in the style of Salvador Dali?
Experimenting with styles will take a bit of time. It’s needed, though, as you can then sense what feels good to you and what doesn’t.
Give Yourself Time
As you are drawing, the drawing style won’t develop in a matter of days, weeks, or months. It will develop slowly with continuous drawing, experimenting, and analyzing yourself and your past works.
But all of this requires time from you. It requires patience and hard work, but in the end, you have developed your drawing style and something that looks like yours and that only you can create.
Surely someone can mimic your drawing style, but they are always compared to you, as you are always the one who does it best. And that’s because you understand how and why the style developed over time.
Mimic The Masters
When I started drawing traditionally, and later digitally, I always found inspiration from other artists. The first thing I do is to study the art style, study how they draw a specific object, and how the artists shade or color their drawings. I always mimic at the beginning, just to understand why they’ve drawn in a certain way and why they draw lines, etc., the way they draw.
When you feel you’ve learned the way the artist you admire draws, then it’s to expand the style to your liking and make it your own.
Consider the following important questions when choosing the right artist and artwork:
- Why do you want to emulate that artist’s work compared to other artists?
- What does the work do to you on an emotional level, and how does this relate to your studies?
- What is it specifically within their work that you would like to focus on?
Combine Styles Together
One artist might draw eras and creatures the way you’ve always wanted to draw, but the way they draw fur, for example, might not be your thing. That’s when you combine different styles from different artists together.
It’s one thing to draw exactly how your favorite artist draws, but it’s another thing to combine styles and create a unique drawing style.
Down the years, I’ve usually picked a few things here and there and combined them into my drawing style. So I could say that my drawing style is probably a combination of many styles infused together.
Example of how I’ve compiled drawing styles to develop my own:
- Color palette from Studio Ghibli.
- Line art from multiple artists.
- Shading techniques from Hidehiko Sakamura, among many others.
- Eyes and facial structure from Yoshiaki Kawajiri, among many others.
The list is pretty long, to be honest, but just to give an idea that my personal drawing style is a combination of styles learned from many artists over the years of being an artist.
Give Yourself Space To Switch
I started drawing with a very different style, and that’s because, at the time, I was inspired by a digital artist called Dan Luvisi. His drawing style influenced me heavily, and for a year or so, I mimicked his drawing style. However, over the years, my eyes were always drawn to a very different art style, and in time, I switched my drawing style.
The two drawing styles don’t have pretty much anything in common. The only unifying element is that I still draw characters.
Give yourself space to switch from one style to another. You don’t need to feel that you can only develop one style, listen to yourself and your inner feelings and see what kind of style resonates the most in you.
Settle On A Style
Over the years of developing my own drawing style and finding what makes me the most inspired to draw, I finally settled on one style.
But it was only after years of drawing in different styles that I realized and understood the one style that always pulled me into drawing.
When enough time has passed, you most likely start to feel recurring themes that you always draw or are fascinated about. That’s when you are slowly settling on a style. Slowly your own drawing style is forming, and it could be that you don’t even notice that happening.
When you’ve settled on a style, that’s when the real progress starts to happen. That’s at least what happened to me. When I settled on a drawing style, I could focus on what to draw instead of how to draw.
When you focus on what to draw, you are honing your drawing techniques at the same time.
Analyze Your Past Work
Enough time behind your artistic path. You can go back and analyze your past work. When you analyze your past work, try to look for similarities look for recurring themes, think about the topics and objects you’ve drawn, and try to understand what is the thing that you like to draw the most.
Past works can be an excellent guide to your inner self. Recurring themes in my digital art folders are characters, portraits, faces, and eyes.
Past works can also tell you how to get back to drawing if you have taken a long break from it.
Have Fun Drawing
Drawing should feel fun, but does it always feel that way? No, it doesn’t, and that’s just me being honest with you. Sometimes it feels like a chore, or you might feel that you have no clue how to draw.
However, drawing in its purest essence should feel enjoyable. It should feel like you have a way of expressing your inner thoughts and emotions.
It’s a creative outlet where you can freely express yourself and what your mind wants. Have fun drawing!