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How To Create A Drawing Style

Updated on August 25, 2010

Why Create A Drawing Style?

Creating a drawing style is very important for each artist, as it sets you apart from someone else's artwork and it is sort of a way of working that with lots of daily sketching your art will generally create it's own art style that you will become known for as an artist or illustrator.

When I was younger and I was attending college I was obssessed with drawing comic book art and from the imagination as I thought (And still do!) that my own imagination was an unlimited pool of ideas and resources that I could tap into and create something that I could call my own.

And from then on, my art has since evolved, but it remains generally the same with it's own distinct style and this comes with time and age of your learning and drawing technique. So when they say that practice makes perfect, that is true to some degree as you practice, your minds eye picks things up and it all gets archived in your brain to be re-used later on.

When someone asks you how to create a drawing style it's not something that can instantly be created over night, although some artists can quickly adapt and change their art styles to suit and these are the super artists that can get more work in many artistic fields as the more you are able to draw and in different styles then the more you will be in demand as an artist who can change an art style on command.

For my art, I love drawing comic book style and I'm slowly learning how to draw real life stuff by observational drawings really and drawing people quickly whilst sat in the park and this for me is quite relaxing and it also helps my comic book art too, by practicing drawing from life, things like Trees and landscapes with people in them too helps with drawing stuff to scale.

Extra Tips On Creating An Art Style

Art Style Tips

One thing I've found with creating an art style is that the more you draw, the better you draw and this might be noticeable in a short period or a long period of time you may notice this, but it's true. I look at some of the art I used to draw when I was at school and I compare it to my drawings now and they are far better, but I like to keep my old drawings even still, because I know that I had some great ideas back then and so they can be re-designed.

Genres of art - Sometimes a certain genre can dictate what art style your art can be influenced by, for me it was comic books and fantasy art and so seeing other artists in the comic book industry and fantasy artists paint some really awe inspiring works was my main influence.

For other people you may have been inspired by something else, like science fiction or horror and each one of these genres will help to shape your art style in some way. Sometimes in a subtle way or often in a big way. For example when I draw horror it has instilled this design style choice that I have adopted and that is to draw extreme detail in horror creatures and this has become the norm for my art. Of course some art that I draw does have to be toned down with detail, for example with my tattoo art, I have to think like a tattooist and not have too much detail that would just fill in on someones skin over the years and become a blobby mess.

So really your art can be adapted to different genres and situations and this is something to think about if you want to become an illustrator as you can pick and choose depending on time issues, the jobs and you can demonstrate your many art styles in the form of an online portfolio.

Quick sketching- I first became aware of the quick sketch, when I once saw a cartoonist who just drew the most amazing faces in 20 seconds on television and I was just inspired, as he used one of those chunky black markers and each line he drew had an importance and when he first started out, you think in them first few seconds "How is this going to work?" and then somewhere, midway you see it come together and a light bulb goes off in your head that with practicing quick sketching you can capture drawings with energy and even the essence of an idea in quick time.

Cartoonists are the masters of this, as it can be an effective way of creating an art style, by quick sketching and then adopting that style of drawing as an art style. Quite recently I bought a mac computer with Photoshop and have been experimenting with a graphics tablet and doing a quick sketch on the computer and trying to refine the drawing with all the Photoshop tools and this is what I see the future of my art.

I hope to do a few hubpages with some screen capture videos on drawing some imaginative stuff in the future and I do see a lot of artists that I've seen on YouTube who do the same screen captures and they start out with a shell of a quick drawing and it is refined and processed in time lapse and the same thing occurs with my above example of a cartoonist, as you see the rough sketch you make a first judgement about that drawing and you say it'll never work, but as usual it does work.

Draw what you love - Sometimes drawing what you are passionate about can bring the best out in your artwork and it's this art style that can become your trademark, because you are happy drawing the things you like you are more likely to put more effort in drawing lots of variations of that genre.

If it wasn't for comic books I don't know what I'd be drawing, but I guess I'd find something that I liked to draw and it would become my main art and would set the standard for more art to follow later on.

You own art style won't happen immediately, but by having an interest and a focus can make you motivated to draw more and create your very own art style that people will remember given enough time.

Create A Drawing Style

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    • barbat79 profile image

      B A Tobin 

      5 years ago from Connnecticut

      I really like your writing and insight into different drawing realms! Thank you I want to read more of your hubs!

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      5 years ago

      i like to draw people

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now Drewgo!

      Art is just fantastic when drawn quickly, as it captures some sort of special energy that is just creative and filled with influence and inspirations!

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      8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Great hub Waynet! You reminded me of a time when I was "gob-smacked" watching an artist on TV do a portrait of Bob Dylan with a 6" wide paint brush (that you would use to paint the house) and a tin of house paint!! Exactly like you described it, half-way through the painting you see what he's doing and think, "Holy Moses!" It took him less than a minute to finish a piece of art that could have been sold for hundreds of dollars.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Yeah, I'm working on a range of more drawing tutorials that cover basics of other things to draw which may be quite fun to draw.

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      8 years ago from Pandora's Box

      Hey there Waynet. I didn't know you had so many great drawing tutorials here. This is great, gonna show these to my daughter, who is constantly drawing.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers Robert!

      Got lots more to write about that will hopefully interconnect between all of these 60 day challenge articles, also got the drawing tutorials coming up last now as I've got lots of drawings to do for them.....busy busy!!!

    • robertsloan2 profile image


      8 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Good article. That last point is so true - if you draw what you love, your style will evolve from how much you love it. You'll do it your way and eventually like your own drawings more than what inspired them. Just like learning to cook and then cooking to your own taste.

    • waynet profile imageAUTHOR

      Wayne Tully 

      8 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

      Cheers now!

      Yeah more artwork to come...soon!

    • Bima.Purnawan1 profile image


      8 years ago from Republic of Indonesia

      Good jobs and a good hub. Thanks for sharing.

      I hope you visit my hub as well. Thank you.

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      Mentalist acer 

      8 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

      I look forward to seeing your work Waynet;)


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