Drawing and “Styles”

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Every illustrator tends to have a style. Some people try to develop their own unique look, while others work hard to copy the styles of others.

In my opinion, I think the best styles are the ones that are different and completely original. If you are trying to decide on an “official style” (if you know what I mean), stop right now. Try drawing without any other influence, and see what you can come up with yourself. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay to play with styles and it’s great to be inspired by other artists. I’m just saying, if you’re new to drawing, don’t get too focused on it. This wiki-how article wasn’t too detailed, but I agreed with a lot of it, so you might want to check it out.

Here’s a list of a few great artists with totally original styles:

1. Jeffrey Fulvimari

2. Cameron Stewart

3. Johanna Basford

4. Ënnji Illustration

5. Flora Chang

6. Mike Rohde

7. Eva Lotta Lamm

8. Mary Kate McDevitt

These are just a few. There are so many styles out there and so much inspiration. (Pinterest and Mix by 53 are two places chock full of it — not to mention Behance and Deviant Art.) Start drawing and start practicing and eventually, you’ll develop your own style.

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