Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Trying to find my own style


In case you haven't noticed, I have a bit of what one fellow blogger calls  "Crafters' ADD".  I switch from one genre of craftiness to the next.  I never stick to one thing for too long.

It's the same with art.  I'm always trying new mediums, methods, and styles... like these little drawings I made the other day.  I've seen other artists use this style and I wanted to try it out- it's fun!

There is so much to explore and learn!  I just want to do it all!  But.... I'm coming to realize that if I ever want to be an established artist, at some point I need to develop some sense of a "style".  I feel like I need to have a certain look that others would know me by, but I have no idea how to find that look.  Part of me feels like if I choose one look, that I'll have to stay with that forever and it might get a little boring, or I might lose the enjoyment I get out of making art in the first place.


So, any of you artists or crafters out there.. what are your thoughts?  Do you stick to a certain style or do you switch it up?  How did you find your style?



6 comments:

  1. Honestly I've had that feeling, and I still have that feeling kind of. I've learned that while you try out different mediums and different techniques, you grow as an artist and eventually I think your style will come out and shine on its' own. As for styles though, I mean I feel like they're always changing and evolving, so you don't always have to stick with one...I don't know, I think it's up to you as the artist.
    But I totally understand you!

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  2. I am exactly the same when it comes to switching from one thing to the other. I am totally fine with it, though. I get bored doing the same thing all the time, so changing it up keeps me entertained. As for art, I think it's alright to change it up :-)

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  3. I enjoy your explorations and variety. Follow your interests and keep life fun. I'm surfing the internet looking for variety. Frankly, after I've seen months of the same type of project on one blog, I get bored and move on. Your "style" will come through as the unique artistic perception you apply to each project. If you ever look at Paper Crafts Connections, they divide card styles into four groups (clean and graphic, vintage or shabby chic, fun and cute, classy and elegant). Within each group falls a very wide range of cards. Not that you have to choose a style and stick with it, but I think you'll end up in a style category (I'm just using the ones above as an example) without even trying. Then, do lots of explorations with that approach in whatever crafts you choose.

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  4. I really really have 'Crafters Add' I find it very difficult to stick to one particular thing as I love trying new crafts and just want to broaden my range of things. I call it my butterfly mind, flitting from one thing to another. x

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  6. I so hear you!!! I used to fret about my inability to acquire a signature style - I jump on to new things all the time - but I don't anymore. It was crippling me think "What kind of artist am I?"

    Now I just concentrate on making - and I know my signature will emerge on its own (or maybe it won't)! Either way, the journey is way more fun.

    There's so much out there? Why limit yourself? Have fun! Your work is lovely!

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