In a world filled with many talented painters, how do you prove that you're the best or that people should be more interested in your paintings? By developing a unique art style that nobody else has which will be what attracts art patrons to you like ants are attracted to sugar.
From Paul Ganguin’s definition of art, it is easy to understand that art is all about individualism, that is, an artist's original style or character has to show in his paintings and must be unique in the same manner that people's signatures need to be different.
Having a unique style is not just important because it distinguishes one artist from the other, but also because it creates a brand for painters, that is, when viewers see your painting, they can immediately guess that you were the one who did it. If you don't have a unique art style, you're more of a hobbyist painter and will probably never be widely-recognized as a painter.
Apart from that, having a unique style allows you as an artist to leave a legacy behind. You may not be as famous as Picasso but those who love your paintings will still remember you and your unique style. It also makes your work much more professional and focused-looking.
However, if you don't have a unique art style right now, it is never too late to develop one. And you don't even have to force one on yourself because the process of finding a unique style should be a gradual one that emerges as you develop serious artistic skills in practice. It is also possible for your style to change and grow as you experience new things in life, after all, an artist's style is usually based on the subject matter of the ideas they're trying to communicate. Here are 10 tips to help you form the art style of a unique painter.
1. Hone your craft
You can only have a unique style if you have great artistic painting skills. If you can't actually make an impressive painting or at least a painting that leaves an impression on people, then what do you need a unique art style for? As such, just like writers at AssignmentGeek had to work hard to hone their skills, you need to practice a lot to become the best at painting whatever you wish to paint with whatever style or technique you use.
2. Research famous painters
Research painters who were famous and whose paintings resonate with you in the past or present and what made their paintings unique. Was it the tone and lines they used or how they used the lines and color to bring their art to life? You have to determine why they used all these elements and then determine why and how you use these art elements as well. However, you need to be careful when doing your research so that you won’t end up comparing yourself with the famous painters you admire.
3. Identify the unique pattern to your painting
If you’ve been painting for a while, there is always a uniqueness to your painting. It is usually something that always reflects in your painting whether visually or based on the feeling it evokes. It could be a curve, a color choice, the emotions your painting convey, etc. Al Hirschfueld is famous for painting black and white portraits with unique organic and fluid lines and these are the visual features that distinguish his works from others.
4. What are your passions?
This is a very reflective question that you must be able to answer to form a unique art style. Your art style usually revolves around what you're communicating to your audience with your paintings. In other words, what do you want them to feel when they see your paintings or what emotions are you trying to evoke?
When you are able to find the subject matter which you want your paintings to communicate, you're on your way to developing a unique style because your unique art style is based on the subject of the ideas you're trying to communicate with your paintings. That subject is usually based on what you're passionate about or what inspires you.
5. Develop a voice
If you've found what you're passionate about, the next step is for you to develop a voice for your paintings. Your paintings need to say something. They should not just be abstract or beautiful. They have to be an expression of something, sadness, horror, pain or happiness. Once you have developed a voice, you've began to form an art style.
6. Determine the colors you like to use or use often
Color has been known to invoke certain emotions and feelings. So, you can form an art style by choosing the particular colors you'll mostly be using in your paintings to evoke different emotions. For example, dark toned colors like black or dark blue give your painting an ominous look while light colors evoke positive feelings.
7. Your freestyle paintings versus professional paintings
Another thing you can try is a comparison of the paintings you create just for yourself or when you're just playing around, experimenting or practicing and the ones you create for either a client or for something serious having to do with your profession as a painter like a competition. If you can identify something similar or special to these paintings, you've started identifying your unique style.
8. Paint in different styles
Don't be fixed on one style or technique, explore other techniques or art styles before choosing which one makes you more comfortable or makes you happy. You can also paint in different painting styles like realism, abstraction, painterly, impressionism, expressionism or fauvism etc. and experiment with new and untested painting styles till you choose a particular one.
9. Identify your line style
You need to identify the line style you normally use, which is how you actually make yourself unique visually. So, ask yourself, what kind of lines do you use while painting? Thick bold lines or intricate detailed lines, short or long lines, jagged or smooth lines? Each and every line has different visual meanings. Therefore, your line style is also an element of your unique art style.
10. Continue painting
That's truly the only way you can develop a style. Forcing a style upon yourself will make your painting unattractive so as you continue painting to reach mastery of the art, you will eventually and most likely, unconsciously, develop a unique art style. Therefore, keep painting and keep experimenting till you hit pay dirt.
These tips should be able to help you as you try to form a unique art style that people could spot from a mile away as yours. However, you have to make sure not to force yourself to use any particular style because of anybody or anything. You have to develop a style that is uniquely yours instead of being a copycat.
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