The question I’m asked most often is how I developed my style. I paint a lot (usually every day). And I try to balance staying in my comfort zone with pushing myself, so I can keep developing my style. As I paint, I stay really conscious of how I’m feeling and when I get frustrated. I take photos of my work in progress, so I can go back and look at when I think I should have stopped and how I made a painting work – maybe it was the stripe of pink down the center of her nose or the background blue that finally brought everything together.
These elements that worked, then become the techniques and colors I come back to again and again, whenever I’m stuck. I call them my fall-back techniques or go-to colors. My favorites.
These favorites then become part of my signature style.
Another way I continue to develop my style is by stepping out of my comfort zone.
Recently, I realized I was getting so comfortable always layering papers in my backgrounds, that when I started to limit my supplies and just create with inks and acrylics, a whole new world opened up.
I started to see new characters and faces in the paint and layers.
As I began to define and build upon those new characters, I realized that with every painting I was adding to my library of characters and techniques I love so that I can keep rearranging them, again and again, in my next paintings. But still keep my own style.
That’s why its been so important for me to keep on experimenting and playing as I paint. Not only does it keep me feeling creative and free, but it also helps me to strengthen my style.
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