HOW TO FIND YOUR ARTISTIC STYLE
Every artist and designer has a unique message, style and technique that helps them to stand out from others, and finding it can be a continual process of discovery and reinvention. The process and methods you have learned through training or school lays a great foundation, but it shouldn't define what your style is no matter if your a graphic designer, or into the fine arts. Even though graphic designers create work that visually communicates a solution through research of a problem, the designer still has a distinct style or technique that is different from other designers. Designer Paula Scher's style is completely different from that of Stephen Sagmeister or David Carson.
If you're still trying to find your style try taking some risks, even if they're small, to push your work in a new direction such as using a different medium or trying a new subject matter. Find what inspires you and keep a visual or written journal so when you're feeling stuck you have something to reference and spark some inspiration. Don't always go to the Internet either. Try to take a break from the computer and go places.
I love to look at other work by both artists and designers whether it's on the Internet, book store, or anywhere else, but sometimes its nice to detach yourself from other artist's work because it can occasionally feel intimidating. Since art and design is so competitive, it can become overwhelming or bring on insecurities in your own work. So sometimes it's good to step away and find inspiration in other ways.
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Before you discover your own artistic style, it’s important to understand historical styles or movements of art and design. As an artist or designer, there is so much to learn from the context of historical art styles such as the culture and technology used to create the work. Below is a gallery of historical artistic styles, but I recommend learning more about them to help inspire your own artistic style.
Try mixing different styles below, such as Retro and Photorealism and see what kind of work you create. Add your own perspective, tone, or attitude such as humor or seriousness into the work to personalize it. Or try creating a piece that’s either simple or complex.
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