There are posts covering how to create your unique artistic style all over the internet and I have spent the last year reading them and implementing their advice into my work. I failed many times and I know that I’m not the only artist out there struggling with this need to have an identifiable style. That need is always present in us and yet we feel so distant from obtaining something so great. It got to the point where I kept giving up and hoping it would simply evolve as I practised drawing and painting every day. Eventually, the idea was pushed to the back of my mind and remained dormant until a few months ago. I found inspiration in images of deep sea creatures and wanted to try and replicate the dark backgrounds, glow, and speckles into my own work.


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This was my plan; draw a sketch, shade, add speckles, step back and analyse, do it again. I did this multiple times, testing what worked on rough drafts so as not to be distracted from perfecting trivial details and I could look at my work as a whole. Once I started to get comfortable, I finally allowed myself to add colour, more details, play with the background, and anything else that would propel this idea. Restraining myself until the idea had been more developed really helped me make something I am actually proud of and I want to make again. My advice to you is don’t stop creating, keep practising, and gather inspiration from the universe until something creates a spark.

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After a year of trying, I found inspiration in images of deep sea creatures and wanted to try and replicate the dark backgrounds, glow, and speckles into my own work

This was my plan; draw a sketch, shade, add speckles, step back and analyse, do it again

Once I started to get comfortable, I finally allowed myself to add color, more details, play with the background, and anything else that would propel this idea

One of my first favourites was this portrait of Whisper from the comic by Justis Comics

Restraining myself from adding trivial details until the idea had been more developed really helped me make something I am actually proud of and I want to make again

This piece took me 11 hours; all created digitally

My advice to you is don’t stop creating, keep practicing, and gather inspiration from the universe until something creates a spark