The one thing that separates many artists from one another is originality – having a style that is unique and recognisable to you. And only you. Just like how particular poets and authors are known for their own signature when it comes to cadence and writing style.
Of course, originality is one of the many aspirations for plenty of artists out there. Honing their craft until it is undoubtedly them. The only problem is that inspiration and fondness for the artists we admire can sometimes cast a shadow. Trying to create a similar piece of art is fine if you do it in your own way. But if you try too hard to emulate every part of it, you can lose sight of your own form.
Here’s our tips for creating unique art that is a stand-out, or a stand-alone, piece.
What Is Artistic Style?
The thing that makes your work your work is artistic style. The thing that makes a Van Gogh piece so very obviously Van Gogh.
You can look up how-to’s, guides, step-by-step’s, tutorials on any platform all day if you wanted but they can’t teach you artistic style. That has to come from you and you alone. But you won’t just wake up one day and have an epiphany. Slowly, but surely, over time you’ll come to learn and understand your own artistic style by studying all the art pieces you’ve ever created.
Because consistency is important. Painting with a consistent style over a long period of time will help you discover your artistic style. You might be able to identify the colour palette you gravitate toward, how you blend your paintings, the way your brush strokes appear on the canvas.
So, truth is you won’t find your artistic style in the space of a couple of days.
5 Tips For Creating Unique Art
These tips aren’t the be-all and end-all – if they don’t work for you, they don’t work. It’s that simple.
These aren’t fool proof but don’t be discouraged, every artist is different. We’re all inspired in different ways, influenced by different things. But listening to their advice, you can still learn from their practices and tips.
But you shouldn’t be discouraged, you can still learn from the practice and take inspiration from these tips to create your own.
1. Explore Every Tool You Can
When it comes to art pieces, there are so many different tools available. In painting alone there’s a massive range of paintbrushes, thin and thick and small and big, as well as a range of paints; acrylic, water-colours, oil-based.
And for someone wanting to figure out their style, it couldn’t get any better. With such an extensive medium to choose from, why not take the time to explore all of them? It’ll even help you figure out your likes and dislikes much faster.
Basically, you’ll find the art forms you enjoy making the most.
2. Always Improving
Finding your favourite medium is like being given a gift, and one that you can evolve.
Once you’ve figured out which is your favourite, whether it’s acrylic or watercolour based, you can work on improving it. You can learn about artists famous for these mediums and learn how they made their artwork.
You don’t have to just work on improving one area, though. If you don’t really have a favourite or want to improve in all parts of your craft then you should!
Try not to focus just on one specific voice/topic for your paintings, either. Test out different landscape types, maybe have a go at portraits or sketch out some architectural pieces.
Of all the art you’ve ever seen or made, there’s probably one piece – or a few – specifically that make you feel more deeply. Ones that you love a little bit more, maybe you know why or maybe you don’t. But that feeling can tell you a lot.
There’s a reason these pieces are the ones that speak to you the most and that’s the path you should follow. If you see an artist’s work and find that you can’t stop thinking about it, that may be a sign.
Perhaps it fits your suitability and taste perfectly. And you should explore that within your own creations.
4. Find Your Signature
Following from refining your taste, you’re likely to also find your signature on the way.
It doesn’t have to be amazing, just something that makes your art work known to you. It could even as simple as brush stroke patterns, or the lack thereof.
But that’s not all – you should explore some other hobbies or curiosities within you’re work. Do you enjoy history? Why not try creating a historical art piece? See if you like merging your interests together.
5. Study Your Own Work
By studying the creations you’ve already produced, you’ll take notice of your own style. The elements and techniques that keep cropping up the most across all of your art pieces. Then you can take this and discover what makes your piece of art yours – this style.
Your own signature could be left in any way. It could be the colour palette you’ve manged to include in every painting, the drawing style beforehand (if you didn’t paint freehand), or maybe the subject of every painting.
Basically, just make art. And lots of it. You’ll never create your own unique art without making it in the first place.
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