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So one of the questions I get almost non-stop is "how do I find my art style"

*awkward pause*

jazz hands

I've been thinking a lot about what an art style is and I think I

would define it as a collection of the artist's inspirations and their skill

level and skillset and their personal lazy tendencies that you know influence

their art and that's all collected inside a visual form and you'll notice

by that definition anyone who draws has an art style - I assume when they ask

this question what they really mean is how do they improve upon the art style

that they already have so I've come up with four - *interrupts herself off camera: "actually ignore what I'm

saying it's actually a five step process cue the tutorial!"

there's no way to move forward, unless you know where you're at

so STEP ONE: so what I want you to do is just draw a character without looking at

any references just put down something on the paper and

that is your 'art style' - for the purposes of this video I'm going to pretend that

this is my art style so that I can show that you can literally start from

anywhere and use these tips and improve - there is my art style, look at that

isn't he a cutie? - whatever you've drawn this is your art

style whether you like it or not it's yours, you can let it evolve slowly with

you over time and years or we can take steps to improve it both ways are

equally valid but I'm going to talk about today how to consciously adapt and

improve your art style - I've been drawing and forming my art style for about ten

years and I've noticed some things that have happened over that time that I can

condense and abbreviate into some easy to follow steps so we've completed step

one, we've put our art style down on paper and we can see it and it's

represented in front of us and it's perfect and it represents your current

skill level and like the things that have inspired you up until this point

and if you're comfortable with the way this looks

you can skip the rest of the video, if not that's okay that means you have an

eye for seeing the flaws in your own work and that can definitely help you

improve at a faster rate and continue to push yourself in the future - so how can

we take our art style to the next step? we're going to hone that desire

to improve our art and use it to our advantage, for this

we're going to look back at step number one so the drawing you just made we're

gonna look at it and analyze it and figure out what about this drawing needs

to be improved and DON'T SAY EVERYTHING! no, no. no, no, no.... we're gonna look at one specific

thing that we see as the most pressing and important thing to improve upon, for me

looking at this, honestly, I like him but I think I'd like to take my art style in

a direction that has a bit more form to it because this little guy is looking

very thin...heh - okay for you, you may want to improve the way you draw eyes or the way

you draw hands or legs or things like that

just try and pinpoint one specific element for me it's going to be form

we're going to redraw our picture from number one and really hone it in and try

to improve that element that I want to improve which is form, so his head

already has a lot of form but I want to give his body some more dimension and

form to it so I'm going to just thicken up these shapes basically and maybe even

give him some feet -- so whatever you've drawn for step two is what you're able

to achieve just by thinking about what you needed to improve and applying it to

your art but you may have realized that there's a better way to do this


which leads us to step three let's look at real-life

art is a

representation of real life especially if you're drawing people like we are

today so don't be afraid to look at the source if you're drawing people look at

people if you're drawing houses you look at houses - back in the height of like the

deviantArt days there was this really weird stigma about using references

you'd often see like in the description of a drawing that someone had posted "no

reference used" or "without reference" as if that was some kind of achievement and

that looking at references was somehow cheating - I'm not telling you you have to

use references to improve but...


actually yeah it's gonna help you improve way

faster okay? like... just just do it! - so we're gonna need some references *snap*

here I've printed out some references of some people - I was gonna say all different

shapes and sizes but they all kinda look very similar don't they?

anyway what we're going to do is we're going to look at these and apply them to

our art - what about real life is different from our art? even the most

cartoony of art styles reference real life in some way so there's nothing

wrong with studying the human body and looking at it and figure out what it

looks like you know? so what I'm going to do is redraw one of these references

situated here and so we're going to do is we're going to try and redraw that

reference - let's take a look at it here - so one thing I'm picking up on that I'm looking

at in real life that's different from what I drew here is that I drew the neck the

exact same width as the body kind of like I'd done in number one and number

two, the neck is the same width of the body but if we look at real life we will

notice that the neck is much skinnier than the shoulders so I'm going to apply

that to my art style here and we'll notice that I'm missing a lot of

elements that a human body has like ears so we can add some of those and maybe a

nose, and hair too! why not? let's give him this guy's hair - and now that we've

started adding form to our character there's room to add clothes so we might

as well do that - so you'll see there's a bit of an evolution here we had our

original art style we added some form to it and now we're looking at real life

and adjusting what we thought of as form and applying it more of a real life spin

to it and the more often you do this and the more times that you do this you're

going to pinpoint different things that you notice like maybe the way wrinkles

happen on a shirt or the way fingers fall in your hands and like the way you

can bend feet and different things so every time you do this you're gonna pick

up on some more things and so I definitely recommend doing that over and

over and over again however if you're looking at your number three and it's

not really seeing the improvement that you want and you're having a hard time

recreating that reference onto paper don't worry just keep practicing but

something you can try in the meantime which I think will be very helpful let

me get this [sketchbooki] out of the way - is instead of printing this out in full

color or grayscale as I did you can print it out at 30% opacity this time I

accidentally did it in color but I'm not gonna reprint it again *hehe* I hit the wrong

button anyway now you'll see all the people on this page are lighter the

whiteness of the paper is showing through a little bit more and a really

good exercise you can do after you've printed it out at 30 percent opacity is

trace over these characters and one thing you can do is you know trace the

outside of them like this and try to like add some muscle memory and realize

what the shapes are but what I would prefer to do and what I would recommend

is to look for the shapes inside the characters you can look for circles and

squares and of course the line of action where's the weight of the character? what

I like to do is look for the non generic looking shapes, like a 'wobircle' or a

'squiglaure' and just build your character from there - what do these

shapes make you think of? and anyone who looks at them can see a different shape

it's kind of like looking up at a cloud try to break it down and simplify it - you

can even draw a line cross where the facial features are so you can get an

idea of where those lay on the face where are the ears compared to like the eyes?

and things like that and you can just keep doing this it's quite fun and this

will really help you understand like the structure of the human body and how you

in particular will break it down - and just keep doing that until you get a pretty

good grasp like try using different shapes like a triangle or circles for the

knees and things like that and try to be soft and squishy with your lines

ooh! this is a reall-I love this pose because you can see the bottom of the shoe and

you can see every time I do a different pose I'm seeing different shapes and the

arms and the legs because of the way the character is bent up..."bent up?' I guess how

the pose is laid out would be a better way to say that and this is really

really fun if you're bored and don't know what you draw as well and try

making the skeleton as well - what shapes do see in all the different body parts?

so there I've done four of these and you can see I'm finding the

different shapes and the way the body and the character is laid out so now

that I've done that I'm going to give this guy another go and try to use these

shapes that I found like maybe this triangle or this will 'woblircle' so we

know let's do our line of action here it's just gonna stand there pretty stiff

so we have our circle for our head - don't forget the ears

we know the ears line up with the eyebrows at least they have with the

characters we were looking at not everybody's the same of course let's use

that 'woblircle'

you'll see after I have traced these references and found

those shapes inside the human body I can now apply those to my art and you'll see

the difference like the shoulders now are wider than the hips they're not that

straight stickman that we started with and there's a little bit more form and

volume to our character and even the face changed a bit here I went in a bit

more of a realistic direction with the proportions of the face we lost that

perfectly round shape that we had before - our hands are still sloppy blobs but you

know baby steps - even paid attention to where some of the wrinkles were and

applied that to our art as well so you can see how our art style is evolving

slowly over time here so yeah looky there I would call that improvement

especially since step one - if you aren't seeing any improvement with your art

stick around step three for a little bit longer

you're basically training your wrist and you're getting that muscle memory and

you're understanding the shapes and you're learning you're teaching yourself

these different things and that can definitely take time so there's no shame

in that take your time luckily arts fun so enjoy

the process so what could possibly be step four?!

STEAL?! but isn't that plagiarism? yeah step four is "Steal like an artist" but if you're

looking at your art and you're still not thinking that you have an art style what

you probably really mean is that your art doesn't look like so-and-so's art

and I hate to break it to you but um you're not so-and-so and you never will

be and there's nothing wrong with that the

world is made of many people and many different art styles and that makes it

the fun and creative and diverse place that it is I mean imagine if everyone

just drew the same stickman over and over and over again like no different

colors, no variations, museums would feel more like torture chambers - but

maybe you're looking at some artists you follow on Instagram and you just wish

you could draw a little bit more like them and you're feeling an urge to copy

them why don't we figure out the right way to do that

so here are some artists

that I follow on Instagram that I really really like and of course I will have

their information linked in the description definitely go check them out

look at that gorgeous art oh and you'll see when you look at this there's many

different things that make up an art style not just the basic drawings of it

put like the width of the line art used or the style of coloring or the

medium used for coloring there are many different things that go into an art

style and make it up I'm obviously focusing on the basic

drawings [or structure] of it so I'm not going to worry about mediums or variations in the way

of line-arting or coloring your drawing you may have heard that saying

"good artists borrow. great artists steal"which I googled it and it's accredited to

Pablo Picasso but no one knows if he actually said it but basically it comes

down to that there's nothing that is completely original and the thing that

you think is creative is inspired or stems from something that was created

before it so to steal like an artist doesn't mean to plagiarize as it may

sound but it means to study and to transform what you see that was created

by someone else and then you transform it into something that is new and your

own so that's what we're going to do next

*clap, clap*

a good way to do this is to find an

artist that you really really like so I'm just gonna pick one of these let's

go with sophiescribble and we're going to pinpoint one thing we really like

about their art style and what I like is the way that the feet and the hands

are really small compared to the head and they sort of like taper down into a

point I think that's really really cute and I would like to incorporate that

into this art style that we've got going on - so we're going to look at it but

we're not going to stare at it - so what what did I say in my head? "oh well I like

the way the hands and the feet are smaller than the body" I've put that into

words now I can flip it over and I can't see it anymore and now I'm going to try

and incorporate those elements into my own art style so we've got our head

we've got those shapes that we learned from using a reference our 'woblircle'

actually it's more like a 'Trilircle..' I'm drawing this way bigger than that

because I'm just terrible at drawing things the same size more than once but

that's fine - we all have our flaws - and so what I'm going to do is I'm going to

incorporate what I liked about sophiescribble's art and that is make the hands

and the feet really small and every time you draw your art style will

probably change about it and if you like it you can keep it and if you don't like

it just go back to the way it was it's your art style and you get to make those

decisions so you'll see every time I draw he's

gonna look a little different so you want those little tiny hands like so and

then we need the little tiny feet as well so we'll tape for them down to a

little point - wrinkles - forgot suspenders -- and if we look, flip this over

and we look back at sophiescribble's art, we will see this drawing doesn't look like

a direct copy we just took a little bit of an element

of their art and applied it to our own and we can continue to do that with our

other inspirations like this one something I really like about Anna Cattish's art

style is the way they draw ears and if you look at it they're very circular and

in some of their other illustrations you can usually see both ears at the same

time and that's something that's really cool about their art style and then the

way they draw it ears is they have a big circle and then they have like a J shape

and that makes the ear so now that I've put that into words I can kind of

visualize it in my head I want to flip it over so I don't see it anymore and

then I'm going to apply it to this art that we've already made - those big round

ears, like that - wow, that's cute, I love it and

again if we flip this back over it doesn't look like it's a direct copy of

their art style it's just one little element that we stole and we've made it

at our own this is Schmoe Draws and I've always

really loved how fluid and expressive her poses and her characters are so I'd

like to incorporate that into our art style, since it's still looking a little stiff

kind of ran out of room on this paper so again we're using those shapes that we

learned from the reference I'm going to use a I'm going to use a line of action

that's a bit more 'squaggilly' so that his pose will be more 'squaggilly' - we have to

follow that again those tiny feet that we ripped off SophieScribble and every

time I draw this I kind of get a little bit lazy about certain things that I

really liked and I kind of just draw them softer or quicker and you'll see

these faces look very different even though they have the same elements and

that's because my own wrist movements are creating different things that are

differentiating me from other artists because they're my own little lazy

tendencies -- you may have noticed on the interwebs you'll see like an art style

that looks so similar to another artist that you followed that it's almost like

assuredly copied you know what I'm saying

and I'm not talking about the people who trace that's completely different the

people who like copy almost directly from one specific other artist I think

that usually happens among newer artists who haven't really been around as long

and they only have that one inspiration and they think to be an artist they have

to draw exactly like that person to be considered good because that person has

so many more followers than them and they think if they draw exactly like

them they'll get those followers and I think that's a very immature mindset and

you can look at this artists work and you can see that each element of their

drawing is almost completely copied from another artist but even though they've

copied every single element it's obvious that this drawing wasn't made

the original artists that they're copying it from I think there's a lesson

in that because it means no matter how much we try to copy someone they're

still going to be those little spins on it and that are something specific to

the artists hands so even when you're copying someone it's gonna have a little

spin out of it that's yours and that is inherently your own and I'm mentioning

this because I want to tell you to not just copy one person you need to

research you need to look into all these different artists and keep your eye open

to different artists and inspirations that can influence you in their own way

the more art we expose ourselves to the better our own art style is going to get

because even if we're not directly looking at another art style and trying

to pinpoint what we like about theirs and applying it to our own the people

that we're following is still going to influence our art in little subconscious

ways and that's never gonna be a bad thing even though you're copying

elements of the art style again it doesn't look exactly like their art

style it's still inherently your own because you're not just tracing it you

know I'm also not copying every single element of their art style

I'm just taking little bits of it and applying it to our own and when you

mismatch a bunch of different artists together like an element or two from

each of them you can create something that's entirely new and it avoids you

looking like you're just a clearance shelf version of Jackson Pollock so even

though I copied from SophieScribble it doesn't look like their art, and even

though we took elements from Anna Cattish's style it doesn't look exactly the

same it looks like something specifically our own and then when it

came to Schmoe Draws we didn't really take any element from it it we more took

inspiration from the softness and the fluidity of her poses and we were able to

come up with that but again doesn't look like exactly like their art style it's

our own - does that make sense? I'm not telling you to copy I'm telling you to

steal (but not plagiarize) it's different and I'll even mention that you can do

the same thing you did in number three if you're having a really hard time

recreating an element from one of your favorite artists you can always

print it out at 30 percent opacity and trace it out I definitely recommend

printing out at 30 percent opacity instead of just tracing it with another

piece of paper on top of it because if you trace it really well and it looks

good and there's like no trace of the old artist there and you trace it and it

looks really good you might be tempted to post it online which don't do okay

and then you can get that muscle memory and learn those shapes that this

specific artist uses again trace it out - what are the shapes you see in this artist

style? you can study this and figure out the shapes and pay attention to how does

this differ from when we traced real-life references? look how big those

pupils are, isn't that cute? even try to put your own spin on it like their eyebrows

are way up here what if we drew the eyebrows we've been drawing, how does

that look on this style? kinda funny *hehe* add some of your own elements to it

they're definitely just a fun exercise we're not going to be posting

these online it's just for study - there you go and because I printed it out at

30% opacity you can still see the original drawing there and now I can't

really post this online because it'll look like I traced it because I did

because I remember back when I was like 6 or 7 and I was tracing little Pokemon

drawings out of my Pokemon books like we all have to start somewhere and it's

actually really good for teaching your wrist these specific shapes that's why I

don't really frown upon tracing I just don't think you should pass it off

as your own because obviously it's not - back to the lesson, ahem, class - so what I want

to do is take all of these different things that we've learned and I'm going

to apply it to our very first drawing by redrawing it right next to it which is I

guess step 5 "redraw" - this is a good way to track your progress and see what

you've learned in that time but I'm keeping in mind the form that we added

the shapes that we learned from looking at real life and then the different

elements that we 'stole' from the artists that inspire us so I know heads have

like a 'shircle' shape that round head and our "sqirgle,' big ears, spenders

don't forget those tiny feet, SophieScribble - I need to clean up the face there's a

little too many lines in there - color in the hair make it look separate from the

body and it's always good to experiment with different things it'll definitely

influence your art style as well don't be afraid to just try something even

though it might look bad - little hands, some wrinkles, there we have it does that

look like improvement to you? *hehe* not too shabby!

and you can do this for any element of your drawing like hands or legs or ears

like you can follow all these steps for just one specific element as well not

just the whole overarching art style so there we have our new art style we've

mixed elements from our favorite artists or inspirations we've also increased our

skill level and our knowledge of anatomy and shapes and we've learned and as well

as our little lazy tendencies have been applied and are like little inaccuracies

they're all enveloped in this specific art style and it's created something

that's original and new and belongs to us - look at that - it's not a direct copy of

anyone it's ours and whatever you've drawn is yours so there's my five steps

to finding your art style if you've made it all the way through to the end guess

what go back to step one and go again like that's how an art style is it's

ever-changing and constantly evolving and if you want to just take some steps

to improve it you can start back at step one or just continue drawing and let it

evolve naturally yeah so rinse and repeat

until you die

anyway I wish you

all best of luck with your art styles I know you can do it and don't ever feel

ashamed for where your art style is at this point in time it's going to evolve

and where it is now it's exactly where it needs to be but if you want to take

it the next step and begin to improve you can follow some of these steps and

just enjoy the process you don't have to constantly be improving to be an artist

art can also just be a little hobby when you come home from your job at the

nuclear power plant you know it's just art I'll always be there and that's what

I like about it all need is a pencil and a paper and you've

got hours of enjoyment but if improvement is what you're looking for I

gave you some steps to do that as well anyway thank you guys for watching best

of luck with your art styles and I hope you all have a delicious evening

full of WAFFLES! ♪

bye! ♪

and plz don't take what I say as Gospel, look around! find your own way to approach developing your art style! You've got this!

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