The first time I saw a landscape painting, I looked at it for 2.5 seconds and then walked away. Not giving it much thought at all.

Besides drowning myself in all things Patrick *fans self* I’ve also fallen in love with landscape paintings! If you think about any famous artist, there’s something about their artwork that makes them stand out. That’s their style. It’s not unusual to wonder how to develop an art style. It’s a process that happens over time instead of overnight, and you may not even notice it happening. But there are ways you can intentionally work on finding your own.

Some people think you shouldn’t try to influence or meddle with your style and let it happen organically. But it’s not about creating an artificial or forced style. It’s about knowing how to explore your artwork and other artistic influences. It’s more than improving your technical skills, too. Your art style will continue to grow and change. It’s not fixed or permanent, just as everything in life is never static. We’re always adapting.

Many aspects combine to create an art style, from the theme to the medium, technique, and subject. It could be a distinct technique or a central mood or tone. And what defines an art style will differ from artist to artist. Not everyone agrees on how to find an art style. You may feel a connection with bright, bold pop art. Or Surrealism. You don’t have to limit yourself to a specific art movement. Make a few notes about what resonates with you. It could relate to the media, techniques, or the feel of the artwork.

Every artist starts by copying others. You’ll see this even in the youngest, as they copy what they see, from pictures to objects around them. It’s still a reliable way to grow your skills and progress. The art you consume will affect your style. That’s true of everything, from paintings to films, music, and the world around you. We’re always finding sparks of inspiration all around us, even when we’re not aware of it. So, it’s natural to incorporate aspects of our favorite artists’ work into our art. But there is a distinction between taking inspiration and copying outright. 

You can take elements of different paintings without making a carbon copy. If you admire an artist who paints natural landscapes, you can work on your nature paintings, too. Use a unique setting and try similar techniques without copying the original. I also recommend getting your inspiration from as many sources as possible. You can bring in elements from various artists’ work. Observation is an essential skill. All you need to do is start noticing the world around you. Pay close attention to all the details, such as facial expressions or how a tree looks when the wind blows. You need to slow down and take in more of what’s around you. Noticing these little details will take your artwork to the next level.

When you’re working on your technical skills, a good place to start is by taking inspiration from nature. That could be as landscapes, drawing plants, animals, or people. Once you’ve become adept at recreating a scene, you can experiment with techniques. You could try to paint the same scene in several styles. If you don’t push yourself out of your comfort zone, you’ll always play safe. Try out different materials, techniques, styles and see how they feel for you. Experiment with something that feels uncomfortable, and embrace the results. Not everything will turn out how you want it to look, but you can learn something from every mistake you make.

You’ll need to develop a good understanding of how to draw in perspective. It’s essential to get forms and proportions right and know how to approach a composition. But there’s more to making interesting art than drawing realistically. What moves people and draws them to art is the mood, the message, the story.

Don’t forget to HAVE FUN!

At the end of the day, creating art should be fun, relaxing, and enjoyable. You don’t always need to have goals and expectations for what you make. Enjoy the process and the journey. Relax and know that even if you don’t love what you’ve created, it’s all a learning experience. Fear of failure can hold you back from expressing yourself freely. If you become too focused on the result, you won’t enjoy the journey, and you’ll miss those crucial lessons along the way.

Don’t limit yourself to a prescribed path and miss out on exciting opportunities. Make art a way of life, rather than something you do as your hobby or job. Even when you’re not drawing, you’re still an artist. You can weave your personality into your art. With time and practice, you’ll develop a strong and individual art style.

While it has been fun being known as the girl that “only knows how to draw fanart” (not, LOL)

I’m really enjoying the change 🙂