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How to Find Your Own Art Style

Art can be about the visual expression of a person’s inner thoughts, feelings and visions. It is a platform that many people use to make themselves heard. And when you want to make yourself heard, you ought to shout loud and make your intentions clear.

This is something that you can only do when you have your own art style. Your art style is somewhat your signature. It is what sets you apart from other artists. It is your DNA. There is a good reason Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock are differentiated from other artists; it is because of their style. His swirls and impasto characterize Van Gogh. Jackson Pollock, on the other hand, is known for his larger-than-life drip paintings.

Finding one’s artistic style does not happen overnight. Artists experiment and try different techniques. This can even take years. If you are an artist trying to find out a definite style, here are some of the things that you should keep in mind.

What is your taste?

Some people start with their taste. Their taste also dictates their inward preferences, and it tells a lot about the paintings or artwork they want to make. If you are a big fan of John Singer Sargent’s realism, there is a great chance that you will pursue realism.

If you are into dramatic depictions of subjects, you may want to try mimicking the works and aesthetics of Sandro Botticelli and Leonardo Dicaprio. Once you have somewhat mastered a given, existing style, that is when you will have a chance to give them a twist or come up with something different.

Do not stop practicing

Artist drawing on the floorFinding your style is not easy. You have to do a lot of trials and errors. You have to be frustrated at times. But do not try hard. Just do it relaxingly. In this regard, you will need to find a mentor to help you. Some people actually send their kids to schools and institutions, such as Eva Carlston Academy, where art is the heart of each class discussion.

Pick an item to fixate over

Sometimes, the signature of an artist is seen in the objects that are always present in their works. Their works have a theme that they follow through.

For example, Andy Warhol is into pop art (or he might have unknowingly become one of its major proponents). Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is very much obsessed with dots that these elements are always present in her artworks and installations.

Choose a medium

They say the medium is the message, and it applies to the art scene. The medium used by an artist can serve as their signature or style. For one, an artist may choose plywood as his canvas. He or she may paint over the wood, thus creating a nice contrast between the mediums (the canvas and the paint). The resulting image has a unique feel, which then can be turned into a theme.

Finding your own artistic style should happen at a healthy pace. Do not force yourself to produce a series of works just for the sake of introducing your signature and visual expression. Take your time. Be happy with your work, and never stop creating art.

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