I use to want to draw like everyone else. It seems silly but I would get
that urge quite often. It was uncontrollable and I just didn't act on it,
because the only thing I can do properly is be me. Coincidentally, artists
discover similar techniques and methods which may look similar, but each
person has a lovely interpretation and understanding of things. And when
reality enters our thoughts and comes back out in a medium, the world gets
more colorful. We can all add to our home's wonder. That is why I believe
staying true to yourself is important.
As for abilities of different styles, I found that different methods of
rendering can sway the subject towards a certain feel. For example: it would
be difficult to draw figures with thick and black lineart and maintain a
regal and sophisticated result. On the other hand, it may not be practical
to render cover-quality work for the small panels of a graphic novel. What
do you think of style limitations?
I'll write again: each person can add their personal value to the world and
make it more beautiful. Maybe one of us will stumble upon something wild and
become the setter of a fresh style! One of my favorite artists is Jace
Wallace (http://wakkawa.iseenothing.com/ or http://www.jace-
wallace.deviantart.com), he draws the female form so well, it is crazy. But
even if someone put all their effort into making their work look like his,
if people want Jace Wallace, they will look for Jace Wallace, not the
From time to time, I still see another person's work and think to myself,
"Damn, that distinct style is really cool and easily recognizable as his/her
own." But I will my feelings to change, instead of envy and longing, I get
excited looking forward to how unique my own style will be since I will not
imitate anyone else.
Don't pretend to be something you're not, just be who you are, that's what's
really cool. - David Starsky
Have a good day!