How To Push Your Style To The Next Level

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As artists and designers, were always looking to improve our skills, crafts and ways of working, so we become sought after with clients, commissions and popular.

What ways can we really start to push your sense of creating a dynamic and unique style which really captures the imagination of your audience, and creates a buzz about your work. I’m going to be talking about ways you can really push your style to the next level, which you can start doing straight away within your own work.

Practise Makes Perfect

You can only push your current way of working if you are willing to practise a hell of a lot, which, over time, you will begin to see results.

Practise allows you to discover lots of different techniques, encounter mistakes, and take you from a good artist or designer, to a great one. Not only should you practise with your current discipline, which might be Photoshop digital painting for example, but that of drawing itself, life drawing, sketching, learning that of design techniques and real painting itself. This broadens your perspectives across a multitude of areas, while your also practising your craft at the same time.

You must put in the hard work for you to see results however, as if you look at your favourite artists and designers, these people didn’t just turn into a master overnight. They worked hard to where their art wanted to be, which you must think of when your lacking motivation for your own art. It is said that individuals turn into professionals and masters of their craft after 10,000 hours of practise, so you better get going!

Embrace Mistakes

As you start to practise a lot of your time on your chosen craft, every now and again you’ll stubble across mistakes, which is a great thing. You might be asking yourself why this is the case.

From these mistakes, we learn not to do them again in the future. Practise is all about learning about your way of working, and by only learning and developing your style can you really push that style to the next level. So the next time you encounter a mistake, make a note of it, whether as a mental note or written, and don’t do it in the future.

Get Out Of Your Comfort Zone

Don’t particularly like drawing figures? Hate faces? Can’t draw or paint that of landscapes? Well I’m going to challenge you to face these fears which you have, and really embrace them.

So if you don’t think you can represent the human form very well at all, make sure you spend a lot of your time on learning the human figure, and practise this within your development. Go to life drawing classes, read books by Andrew Loomis on anatomy, and go outside and draw people whilst on the way to work.

Instead of developing a way of working which your really comfortable with, develop the side which is your weakest. This not only allows you to represent a hell of a lot more within your art, like figures for example, it can turn you into a great artist or designer.

Develop A Visual Diary / Sketchbook

We all get ideas at the weirdest points, whether this is on a bus, sitting on a park bench, or during a shower. Make sure that you always carry around a visual sketchbook or diary, so you can take these captivating ideas down, before you forget them! Not only does it allow you practise your craft when your on the move, you can refer back to these drawings and notes in the future, and create a new project or image which is inspired by these pages.

You might see a great character on public transport, which you take note of and draw from, which you can refer to in the future, which would make a great character in an illustrated book. All these little drawings and notes can develop into something which is much more substantial in the future, so make sure you don’t miss this opportunity!

Summary Of Points

  • You can only push your style further my practising, and then practising again
  • From practise, your likely to encounter mistakes, which you can learn from and not do again, unless you actually like the mistake
  • Step out of your comfort zone and challenge your weakest points within your art
  • Develop a visual diary and sketchbook to push your style within your personal work, and take down notes and drawings which can inspire a new project
  • Have fun with it all, and be a master!

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About the author - HKJS


I'm an Illustrator, Designer & Animator from Hampshire, United Kingdom, and have been illustrating for a number of years. I have a wealth of experience within editorial, maps, posters and book covers. Having a firm interest in the creative industry and everything that revolves around it, I want to share what I've learnt to you. From this, I have a keen passion for t-shirt design and how illustration can become a part of something you wear.

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