I try to draw something new every day. It may be linework or painting practice, or studying a new style of illustration.
Many artists prefer to stay within their comfort zones, sticking to an art style that’s proven successful and easy for them.
Not me! I like to challenge myself, it’s a great way to improve skills.
I’ve been a working artist for many years and have developed a wide variety of styles to suit client’s needs.
Here are some of the art styles I’ve learned:
- American Primitivism
- Archaeological illustration
- Botanical illustration
- Celtic knotwork and design patterns
- Children’s book illustration
- Children’s product illustration
- Dog illustrations
- Eastern Manga style of comics
- Fashion Illustration
- “Golden Age” illustration
- Horse illustration
- Western cartooning and caricature
- Western superheroes
I’m not a master (or mistress, in my case) of more than a few of these but learning them pushed me out of my comfort zone and made me a better artist.
Here’s some advice for newbie or young artists:
- Keep trying new things!
- Put down your reference photos and experiment with other people’s art styles.
- Draw with your non-dominant hand for the day.
- Stop trying to impress people and have fun!
- Other artists will love or hate you no matter what you do.
With loving attention…
Comments are welcome.