If you have some experience in drawing or you have been practicing this amazing art for a long time you must know that it is crucial to find your own drawing style at some point. However, it is not as easy as it sounds. In this article, we collected some useful advice for you if you are on a journey to find your personal drawing style. In this piece of content, we will share with you the following best practices:
The first and most important step is to try different drawing styles. If you have no idea what is your personal drawing style, you have to check all of the drawing styles that are already exist. Whit this you will be able to try out new things and see drawing from different angles. What is more, with this effective method you will be able to practice a lot and your drawing skills will be developed in general as well. While you are practicing we recommend you to follow the next guideline:
Every artist must own a sketchbook, but if you don’t have one, don’t worry. In this section, we are going to tell you everything you need to know if you want to create your first sketchbook.
First of all, let us tell you how could these tiny books help you find your own drawing style. A sketchbook is something that is not digital and that can be always taken with you if you go somewhere. In your sketchbook, you can try out different styles with different drawing tools, and with this create a visual diary. This visual diary will be a huge help for you if you are on a journey to find your personal drawing style, because it will give you a clear overview of things you like and of things you are able to get inspiration from.
If you want to create your first sketchbook you just have to do the followings:
This last point leads us to the next one which is getting inspiration from other artists.
If you want to get in-person inspiration form other drawing artists, painters, photographers, and sculptors go to a museum or art gallery. Watching other artists’ works cannot be compared to any other experience. The best way to get inspiration from them and develop your own personal drawing style at the same time is to dedicate special days for museum visits. Take your sketchbook with you to these visits and create sketches about these artists artworks. What is more, if you like to draw sketches of other people do that too. Additionally, creating sketches of others while they are visiting the museums can be very helpful for you if you want to find your own drawing style. With checking others reactions to other artworks you will be able to develop an interesting and new viewpoint that will be helpful in finding your personal style.
In our previous article we collected 9 artists who are worth to be followed on Instagram, but you don’t necessarily have to use that social media platform if you want to get inspiration from other drawing artists’ works. Check for instance Pinterest, Reddit, or Behance if you like to discover other artists work in an appealing and visual way.
How can be this “task” helpful for you in finding your own drawing style? Well, we advise you to follow the next method in order to get the maximum of this “exercise”:
In one of our previous articles we collected the best art-related books. If you need inspiration form great drawing artists we highly recommend you reading some of these books. By learning from others and getting to know their life story and style you will be able to see how they find their own styles. This experience will help you a lot in finding your own drawing style.
If you like traveling and you are able to take some paper and drawing tools with you to your travels, use this opportunity to find your own drawing style. Traveling always changes people a bit and this is a great opportunity for you to explore hidden elements in your drawing style. We highly recommend you to take your sketchbook with you if it is possible and check the difference between those sketches that were made when you were at home and those that were created when you were traveling. You will definitely see the difference between these artworks. Moreover, it is also suggested to have a “Reflection Session” after your travelings. With this, you will be able to react on those artworks and sketches that were made during your traveling, choose the style elements you like, and build them into your personal drawing style.
Getting inspiration from your own environment is one of the biggest help for you in finding your personal drawing style. For this, we highly recommend creating a visual diary. This can be created very easily, you just have to take the following steps:
Last but not least, don’t forget that you can learn from yourself as well. Take time to have short meditation sessions and get inspiration from your thoughts and your inner world. Don’t forget to write down your ideas after each session. What is more, if you like to read psychological books we highly recommend you to take notes during the reading and after you have finished, make a “Reflection Session” again. With this, you will be able to explore your hidden thoughts and inner world which is a big help if you want to find your own drawing style.
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