Style is the most overvalued and
overexamined aspect of art; particularly among art students. Art students are always
looking to get one, not realizing they already have one, everyone does, its called a
personality. If you dont believe me, look at your handwriting. This is your
"style" expressed in line. The reason it isnt as visible in your artwork
is you are still mastering the technical aspects of drawing and painting. Take a look at a
sample of your cursive handwriting from around 5th grade. Youll notice that even
though you had been writing in cursive for two to three years, the strokes arent as
deliberate or as confident as they are now. They may be more readable, but that is a
different matter all together.
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11. Find what inspires you and use it
No matter how well intentioned you are, there
will be moments when you will be feeling lazy, uninspired, or simply tired. The last thing
you will feel like doing is dragging out your art supplies and doing a painting. Trust me,
it doesnt matter whether someones paying you or not. Even if you can force
yourself to sit down and work, maybe you just cant get it going on a particular day.
For these situations you need to pull out the big guns.
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