Anonymous asked: Okay so something that has always made me curious is how do people develop their drawing styles? I've mostly drawn things other people draw by copying thwm and when I draw without copying anything it doesn't look as good as it usually does so how did you develop your drawing style?
You can learn a great deal from mimicking somebody, but you end up just understanding their interpretation, how they draw a woman, how they draw a car, how they draw a hand, etc. You don’t want to be just a copy of someone, you want to add your uniqueness to your style. So I would highly recommend drawing from life, real people, real trees, etc. Studying real life is where your favorite artists got started too most likely. They just eventually developed their own way of depicting reality.
And I would also recommend not just copying someone else’s work, but being thoughtful of the decisions that they made. Looking at the nuances in their drawing, considering what they did and how that changes and informs the feeling of the artwork. Thoughtful drawing is the key, not merely the physical act of copying, but considering the choices that were made.
So draw and observe… a lot. Keeping at it can be very frustrating and intimidating, because it may take a good amount of time and effort to improve, but good things take time and work. Here’s a clip of Ira Glass speaking, more eloquently than I ever could, about staying on your creative path:
I hope this was helpful!
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