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Grow your Style
Having a unique and identifiable art style is something every artist thinks about from time to time, even working professionals. Typically, beginner artist learn what they like and don’t like by emulating or replicating art from artists they admire – and that’s totally acceptable for learning purposes. But if you do find yourself yearning to have your art be a reflection of you and how you see things then these 7 prompts will help you experiment, explore, and expand your artistic style.
Past Piece Do-Over
One Thing – 2 Ways
When I first began making art Procreate wasn’t a thing yet. Your “style” was defined by the medium you created in. (I.e. you were a watercolor artist because you painted with watercolor, or you were a collage artist because you use scissors and paper to create your art.) These days, style spans the creative spectrum! The iPad makes it so easy (and SO. MUCH. FUN) to try out new “mediums” and methods of creating art!
Today, we’ll look at how different a single subject can be rendered!
For this prompt, we’ll get creative with color! If you’re the kind of artist who struggles with creating cohesive color palettes, or you find yourself drawing things in their typical colors this prompt will help you figure out what colors are more your style. Trees don’t always need to be green and apples don’t always have to be red.
Draw This in Your Style
The DTIYS (Draw This in your Style) Challenge has been all over Instagram for quite some time now. An artists posts a piece and invites anyone to draw it in a style of their own. This type of challenge is excellent in helping you find and build the foundations of your style. It highlights elements you like (and don’t like) in other people’s art, which will help you formulate your own artistic voice and expression.
In the example below, Sam Aker will be re-drawing my Rainbow Girl DTIYS. Let’s go!
Figuring out your style comes from play and practice. A really great way to do both of these is through utilizing simple creation methods we did as children.
Download my FREE Procreate coloring page. This coloring page is full of style-showing opportunities:
Illustrate your entire piece with a single brush. You can get more versatility from a brush by adjusting the brush size or opacity, as well as utilizing the pressure and tilt functions. Before starting, experiment with the brush to make as many different kinds of marks as possible. Maybe try using a brush that doesn’t seem very versatile, just to see how far you can push it!
Most people assume that limits hinder their creativity, but it’s actually the opposite. Constraining your work can produce amazing results and make your creativity explode in ways you never thought possible because you’re taking so many things off your plate.
Tip: Be easy on yourself. The goal here isn’t to draw the next artistic masterpiece, but to learn about your style – and that’s done through a lot of small (non-masterpiece) drawings similar to this quick piece. The more disciplined you are in sticking to your constraints, the more you will learn from each attempt.
Making Art Everyday is a series of daily, weekly, and monthly prompts and challenges to help you overcome creative fears and develop your art-making practice. Every month, we will feature a new theme that will allow you to hone a set of skills, practice drawing something specific, or complete a project.