How did you develop your style, did it come naturally?
this is another question I get asked a lot! I’m really not very self-aware so it’s hard to answer. But I’ll try.
FIRST OFF people focus soooo much on style… style wasn’t a thing I was thinking about when I started settling into the way I draw now. What I wanted was something that was super fun to look at and super fun to draw. I know I started really settling into this way of drawing in a period that was just really bad for me and drawing had just started feeling like such a chore and I was only consuming art that I felt I SHOULD consume and not the art I WANTED to consume and I was stagnating hard. I pretty much took an entire semester off from the art part of school and only took gen ed classes and sat down to refocus and redirect myself. And I started being honest about what it was I liked and cared about…. and what made me enjoy drawing in the first place!!! And it’s pretty obvious that it’s animation. Like, I’ve watched every animated movie I have frame by frame…. I’m sooooo enamored by in-betweens and smears. That’s the kind of look I wanted in my work.
I started to draw literally JUST to have fun. Like, drawing from life but not being constantly stressed by getting it right. I just wanted it to look fun and cool and be fun to draw. And slowly things started to come into focus. Because what I think is fun to draw is different from what everyone else thinks is fun to draw, I was slowly developing a method of drawing that was wholly me.
I realized I have a hUUGE interest in ~lowbrow~ work. I am so fascinated by adam sandler movies and all those dreamworks movies people make fun of. And I like to browse the newest section of deviantart… I do this maybe for half an hour daily and it never fails to get me excited and inspired. Basically anything that people think is destroying the intelligence of the youth, I’m really really into. I had to come to terms with the fact that it’s okay to like things that are different and that these things can guide my work… the things I’m inspired by are valid!
Also, like everyone else in the universe, my work is influenced by artists I like a lot. Look at art all the time. Draw all the time. Be proud of what inspires you because it’s totally valid and 100% you. Don’t think so much about developing a unique style because the unique style will come from the unique combination of things that inspire you and the way you enjoy drawing. Or…. that’s what I think anyway.
So I saw this movie for the second time and then…. I bought it. And then I bought and read all of the books…. and then… well, this isn’t even half of all the fanart I’ve drawn….
left to right
- Beast (a.k.a Adam Unofficial)
- Flynn aka Eugene
- John Smith