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diarmilk

lately...

I feel like I have a great desire to draw and no direction to go with it in terms of style.
Lately, while I'm...content with my cute styling of the turtles, I'm not satisfied with it. Something is missing and I can't place my finger on what. I keep trying to play with the ways I draw their faces but nothing seems to fit. I wonder if I am being too self-critical or comparing myself to other artists who draw the same thing-I have never been too fond of my style, as it almost feels as if it chose me and I didn't choose it. However, it's what I feel comfortable drawing. I'm on the fence as to how I should feel when people call my drawings 'cute'. I'm not sure if I love my drawings being described like that or if I wish to go in a different direction.
The only thing that's certain is that there is something I'm not satisfied with. I do wonder where I went wrong-and the more I think about it, the more frustrated and unmotivated I become.
I've absolutely no idea what to do.
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Added: 5 years, 11 months ago
 
Lando
5 years, 11 months ago
Well, what sort of 'style' are you most drawn to? The turtles have been rendered in a whole lot of different ways throughout the years, it could be fun to look through them and find out which you enjoy the most and try that out?
diarmilk
5 years, 11 months ago
I'm a fan of the current style, I think. I've been trying to mesh that with my style with mixed results. D:
DannyDenim
5 years, 11 months ago
I fall into the same mindset so many times, and I think a big part of that IS looking at other peoples art and comparing.  Other peoples styles are going to be much more appealing to look at a lot of times just because you didnt spend hours staring at it from start to finish, so at first glance it's going to look much more impressive.  I personally feel that it's very important to stick with what you feel comfortable with..Sure its nice to branch out and try new things, but you have a style of your own because it's yours, its what makes sense to you and what comes easiest.  I couldn't draw the way you draw if If I tried, and I think thats pretty awesome when you think about it.  It's unique how we can think of the same idea, and invision them completely different, even though its the same thing XD....
I draw how I draw because its just what comes easiest for me.  I've tried picking up other styles, but in the end I always find myself going back to what I feel most comfortable with.  In the process though, I tend to pick up little things with other stuff and apply them to my own style, thus making it even more of my own.  I've always found as well that when you discover that "thing" you feel you're missing, it just happens..something just clicks one day and your just like 0000000H! I see now XD  I dont feel you're doing anything wrong, and i know you'll be messing around one day and things will just come together for you, just keep doing what you're doing ^_^
diarmilk
5 years, 11 months ago
I too feel the same way. I intend to stick with the whole anime style thing but...modify it in a way that satisfies me. I guess what you say about other's styles makes sense...and I don't want to end up copying anyone either because it's just not original in any way.
It is pretty interesting , actually XD it's interesting to see the same thing drawn in different styles.
That's what happens to me too when I try to draw something in a different style...I go, "well...how can I make this more my own?" and end up going back to my style, haha. I'm trying to keep my style and implement new things and change small details here and there to see how it turns out-so far I haven't found anything I like. I hope I can find just what's missing and in the meantime, I guess I'll be drawing in different ways until I find something I like. ;u; thank you~
MsObscure
5 years, 11 months ago
Well said! :)
EvilClone
5 years, 11 months ago
What everyone else said. You could try practicing drawing other styles and then see if some of it sticks. You might find that you like drawing eyes one way and feet another way. Everyone's styles naturally evolves. I love looking at people's old stuff in their galleries and seeing just how different their art looks now.
If you like the current style though, just draw a couple of pics using that style and not your own, and then draw a couple of pics without looking at the new style but trying to remember which bits you liked about it. Your style might change a little then?
MsObscure
5 years, 11 months ago
I very much agree with what SammyStowes said... so I don't have that much to ad, heh. You should stay with the style you feel comes natural to you, but you can snoop around and pick up bits and pieces you like in various incarnations of the turtles and try to incorporate it in to your style. Some times it'll look crummy, other times it might look neat and you end up using the detail/new knowledge more! It's all trial and error. When I first started doodling them I was only really used to drawing ladies, so I ended up with a lot of wide-hipped fem-looking turtles... XD It took some trial and error to shake that out of my system, but I knew I wanted my green dudes more buff and manly-looking, so it was all about studying a little muscly anatomy and trying to incorporate it in too my style. I am however far from done with that, but I think it's a positive thing. A wish to evolve ones style is a GOOD thing, don't think negatively about that and try to use it to your advantage :)

Edit: And now I see that the poster right before me said pretty much the same thing... XD
MsObscure
5 years, 11 months ago
I might have misunderstood something and I'm sorry if you interpreted my comment the wrong way... What I was trying to say with my last comment was that if YOU yourself WANTED to change your style, there are ways to do it in baby steps. I didn't mean that you "should" change your style! I just perceived it as a wish from you and that you wasn't quite sure how to do it...  And I used my self and what I wanted to achieve as a random example, I didn't mean "You must draw the turtles in this way too, everything else is wrong!" Totally not, your style is great and original as it is and you should not feel like you have to alter it to please other people. We who watch you do so because we LIKE the way you draw them :)
diarmilk
5 years, 11 months ago
Oh hey, don't apologize! My recent entry was definitely not addressed to what you said, I completely understood your comment-that was me being upset over something someone said at deviantART, so no worries!
MsObscure
5 years, 11 months ago
Oh! I was afraid I'd stepped i the salad there... XD I'm relieved it wasn't something I said, but it's a bummer that you're receiving comments that diss your style! And I actually think your look for them fits rather well with the new Nick-toon, so I really don't see why someone would find it "wrong" or what ever the heck they were thinking!
diarmilk
5 years, 11 months ago
Not at all ;~;! I know you were definitely not pushing your methods on me at all and rather giving me an example, so it's okay. I'm glad you think so :) thanks! I guess cute isn't their cup of tea and if they don't find my turtles cool enough for their taste, that's too bad.
MsObscure
5 years, 11 months ago
Their loss!
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