I’ve been struggling with something with my artwork for a very long time. Most artists that I know, love, and respect have a very recognizable signature style.
I… don’t. Or at least I feel like I don’t. I guess that my simple pen-and-ink line drawings are somewhat of a signature (even though I haven’t done one in forever). But I can also do more realistic, more detailed, more ‘cutesy,’ more freeform. I’ve always thought that I shouldn’t start to market myself as anything until I’ve got A Style. A Rebecca Style, where someone can look at it and say “oh yeah, that’s ohrebecca, definitely!” But more and more I’m starting to resent that line of thinking. Why CAN’T I do simple line drawings of everyday objects AND realistic shaded graphite animal portraits AND cutesy acrylic paintings? Why can’t I be renaissance artsy-craftsy girl?
So, I’m going to dip my toes into that. A little bit of this, a little bit of that, a little bit of the other thing. I’ve been haranguing myself so much into trying to manufacture a signature style that I don’t even want to draw. If I open my mind a little bit and just focus on drawing – no matter what it is, no matter what style it is – maybe that signature style will come naturally. Or maybe it won’t, and I’ll win some kind of Miss Versatility pageant award. Hmmm.
I got a book/journal to kind of jumpstart my foray back into drawing. It’s called 642 Things to Draw and I’m really hoping it will bring back those creative juices. I know it’s kind of lame to feel like I NEED something like a guided journal to get back into it, but that’s where I am right now and that’s how I’m going to deal with it. I’m going to mix media in it and mix styles. Hopefully, there will be some posts in here with sneak peeks at some of the projects.