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Style
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, it’s called a personality. If you don’t believe me, look at your handwriting. This is your "style" expressed in line. The reason it isn’t 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. You’ll notice that even though you had been writing in cursive for two to three years, the strokes aren’t 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 doesn’t matter whether someone’s paying you or not. Even if you can force yourself to sit down and work, maybe you just can’t get it going on a particular day. For these situations you need to pull out the big guns.

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