They say that art is in the eye of the beholder. While this may be true, each artist has his or her own unique style that really comes through in the piece. At least, it should. If you’re just getting started as an artist or you’re struggling to step outside of your art school box, follow the tips below to start developing and building your own unique artistic style:
- Spend a week sketching every day. For many artists, each piece begins with a sketch. A sketch is a rough idea of what the finished piece will look like and it is where you experiment with different artistic elements like composition and proportions. Spending a week sketching will help you get into the habit of doing it and if you push yourself to sketch different subjects, you’ll develop your skills along the way.
- Draw inspiration from other artists. While you’re sketching and digging deeper in your own artistic skills, spend some time examining the work of your favorite artists. You might even take some of the elements from different artists and try to put them together in a practice piece of your own. By combining elements from various artists you won’t be copying them directly.
- Copy the world you live in. In addition to taking inspiration from fellow artists, you should also take inspiration from the world in which you live. Inspiration is all around you – all you have to do is look for it and then capture it in your artwork.
- Take a closer look at your own work. If you’ve been creating for a while, you should have a portfolio of work that you can review. Take a closer look at each piece in your portfolio and start picking out themes that tend to repeat themselves or techniques you find yourself using often. Becoming more aware of these things will help you narrow in on your unique style.
- Try different mediums. A true artist has the ability to create no matter what materials they have to work with. If you feel like you’ve gotten stuck in a rut using the same mediums over and over again, step out of your comfort zone and try something new! Go to the art supply store and pick up some materials you’ve never used before then just have fun with them.
- Practice, practice, and practice some more. You’ll never develop your skills as an artist if you aren’t constantly creating. Take the time to practice with the materials you use most often and take time to learn new ones. You should also keep sketching and creating pieces to develop your skills and, in doing so, your unique artistic style.
There is no timetable when it comes to developing your artistic style. It’s all about experimentation – try new things to see what speaks to you and go from there. If you work at it, you may discover a whole new realm of opportunities just waiting for you.