Anonymous asked: I love your art but I'm also super intimidated. I'm in highschool and I was wondering if you have any advice aside from practice practice practice? It seems everyone has such a unique style and has tons of followers and exposure but even my fan art rarely hits over 30 notes.
All through high school and into my first year of college I was super stressed about finding ~*My Style*~ and developing a consistent method of image-making. That ongoing art crisis reached its breaking point and I was finally like “fuck it, I’ll figure it all out eventually” and decided to just experiment and have fun without worrying about being consistent. After that point, my art got way better and I learned a lot about what I truly want to achieve with my work.
Forcing yourself into a consistent/recognizable “style” means stagnation. If you focus on developing skills rather than developing a style, your art will naturally grow more recognizable as you synthesize those skills and experimentation and self-knowledge.
Building a following is pretty much the same. There are a lot of fantastic artists who are virtually unknown, and quite a few mediocre artists who’ve gotten a questionable amount of exposure. A lot of it is just luck, but luck favors the prepared—keep producing work that’s worth noticing, and eventually people are bound to notice.
Here’s the oldest page of my art tag. I started this blog just about two years ago. Look at those itty bitty note counts! Annndddd today I have almost 10k followers. I didn’t do anything special, I just drew stuff I wanted to draw. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, MY FRIEND.
this advice so delicious and good, it had to go on my blog. Style anxiety terrifies many a young artist.
take those words about style to heart, my friends - don’t chase it. That doesn’t mean draw thoughtlessly. Like quillery says, develop your skills, experiment, be mentally present when you’re make your artistic choices! Do stuff that’s exciting to you, try new things, don’t aim for consistency. It will all coalesce in time.