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hhu uuuu ;OOOO; oopsie ok i'll try to answer this- apologise for tpyos in advance because for some reason my hands are really shakey atm and almost every word is a typo AHA i'll try to fix them but if there's a lot sorry about that ;;;
ee awww ;www;; actually for some reason i think you improved over your hiatus LOL like it sounds funny but maybe your mind bundled up all the artistic creativity and waited until yyou were able to draw and burst it all out AAHAHA
like for instance it feels like your line weights and colouring got more confidence, that's what i noticed right away AHAHAH
u uuu waa fae aww ; AA ; i- i think what you're missing is confidence LOOOL Q___QQ s..sobb... it's okay... it's understandable ;u;! i had gone on an art hiatus for a lot of years in a row before, when i came back to drawing i literally started over ahhaa... > U <;; but i think the good about it was that, even though i felt really "out of shape" (LOL) and kind of like... well to me it was starting over, but some other art hiatuses i had that were months long it was also like... well... you see a lot of your friends improved a lot during that time, etc. and i think the feeling i got was not that i was jealous of their improvement but i was envious that that they had the time to draw LOOOOL IM BAD //HIT
HKJAH ANYWAY FAE I DONT REALly know the point of what i said but eeee take it slowly if you need to! ;uuu; maybe i have a bit of a different viewpoint though since i have taken pretty extended hiatuses before.
i think partially you could be disappointed in how your work looks atm and kind of thinking, with the time i spent away/not drawing i could've done a lot and maybe i would be more satisfied. but i think as an artist you never truly get satisfied with your work and that's okay too, and it's good too, even, because it means that you still see that you can improve (and all artists can improve.) if you were satisfied wouldn't it be a little bit worrying like, i know some people get worried that they feel like they stagnate a bit (at least after the period of satisfaction)? It's a bit sad HAHAHA but i mean - mabye instead of satisfaction we can go with confidence, but still knowing that you always have something to improve on still and that's okay.
>> 1. Do you have an established style when you draw? And if so, how long did it take you to find your own style/become comfortable with it?
i think i do! i say "i think" because honestly i don't... really... think about how i draw usually LOL. LIKE... i base my style not on... style (e.g. the way you sketch, draw lines, colour, finishing touches, etc.) but on a feeling? almost every picture i draw is different from the previous, and even in the middle of the picture my "style" can change LOL
for instance i guess if i can match keywords to my style or the style i prefer, it's probably something like.... soft, warm, dreamy, round, watercolour, delicate, feminine, inner glow, hugs..........OK ITS GETTING CHEESY HAHA AAKJ ADGK BUT ANYWAY i guess i kind of gravitate towards those kinds of feelings and styles. i once made a "i like this style" kind of folder and uploaded lots of pictures, including artwork, photos, etc. and actually scrolling through it's kind of consistent with the feelings that i described before. i think that in that regard, my style is consistent. however comparing one of my pictures with another, they aren't consistent at all in any other way probably LOL (well it's very moe and i have age and manliness issues LOL), and even sometimes the "feeling" thing wavers, like this picture fav.me/d5hqm6x
the colouring is very "hard" and for my style i would consider it a darker picture colouring-wise (there aren't even highlights in the hair lol), while in this fav.me/d6agdkm
there's so much white and the colouring is much softer and brighter. for darker pictures this one fav.me/d4v68xj
you can still tell it's very "bright" because the character's colouring is very soft and light, while in this picture fav.me/d57behb
the colouring on julie (you know she wears white and all) reaches near-black and her edges are much harder. though i think the people would consider each of these drawings very "shu", even though i consider them pretty different.
i think i settled on this kind of style only a few months before i joined dA... i didn't really think about it ever, i just kept drawing what i thought "looked nice" AHAHA and i guess i'm okay with it? there's still challenges with it (uM anything maNLY PLS LOL GGGGG) but i think i'm pretty comfortable with it? sometimes i really admire the very manga looking like hard line styles and everything, and more mature styles and all (m...my style is babies) but i think if anything i can always expand my style. a lot of my favourite artists are not stylistically in line with my own works e.g. sakizo's style is more mature, imai kira's style does not even have shading LOL, ruan jia huffs just look at it etc. etc. but you can always expand i think!! like i think sometimes people get mixed up in thinking that their style must be one single thing, i think it's okay to have multiple styles as you see fit.
m...mAYBE MY STYLE IS INCONSISTENCY AHAAH OH GOSHh
>> 2. How often, if ever, do you experiment around with your drawing style (meaning anything from the way you lineart to a different coloring technique or something like that)? Or, how often do you change it?
every picture HAAHA i don't usually remember how to do stuff in older pictures because my techniques change so often... i don't think it is usually very conscious though since i'm really used to experimenting i think... it's not a very big change usually, but i notice it (as i understand my style the best i suppose) AA ;uu;; i guess i see it as my style is constantly changing. i'm never truly satisfied with my own stuff so usually something changes by the next picture haha ;w; i do things like change up brushes (sometimes i use a really weird brush like that leaf brush on photoshop i try to paint with it or something IHAHAHA) or i go back to my "doodle" programs (since i primarily work in photoshop and then sai, sometimes i play around on oekaki boards or something) where it feels less pressureful to draw so i can just concentrate on experimentation instead of making a finished picture.
...honestly tho i scrap a lot of my pictures like a lot of stuff i draw never gets shown to anyone or maybe a few people haha;;; im......NOT THE BEST PERSON TO TALK ABOUT art confidence HAHAHA "OTL but ;uu; i'm sure we can do it!!! ; OO ;;
i think for your style and experimentations it- well not that my opinion matters much LOL but i like how it's going? ;;oo;; like for instance before your hiatus the pieces look a little more inconsistent compared with each other than the pieces after your hiatus. I HOPE THAT SENTENCE MAKES SENSE HAHAHA like for instance it looks more like you're experimenting than it being inconsistent. like, going from this fav.me/d5e1kvy
you can see the differences greatest in the way you colour eyes and hair. but like these fav.me/d66tzk5
i'm not sure how because i can see the technique is a little different every time, but like the feeling i get from them is some kind of similar style LOL i feel like the glow in the hair or colouring (like the flowers int he kiriban picture) is what i notice the most. SORRY IF THAT's just randomly really specific haha;a;; i think in the more recent pictures though you've been painting more which is a jump in style change (..o...fc since it loses lines entirely LOL) like in your newest two pictures the colouring is a lot more precise looking than your previous ones. i really like the style (technique?) you used for the monochorme ppicture, it has a certain finished look to it that's really pleasant to see. like for instance the lines are very sharp where there are lines, i don't know if you sharpen your pictures but it looks really nice ;w;;; even if it looks really "sharp" like i said, your colouring still keeps the soft look to it though like in the clothing folds and skin and the smooth lines.
; O ; maybe also you don't feel comfortable with your style yet because partially it's like, you don't think you are at the level you want to be (or even very close)? things like mistakes etc. that make you feel less comfortable with your works and in the end it feels a bit like your style is bothering you instead. i feel like styles usually develop over time based on the things you like and naturally gravitate towards, and then for some people they can imitate pieces of other people's styles/incorporate that into their own (and i think that naturally happens as well, whether or not it's conscious) and that's kind of how styles form ; O ;? like for instance i didn't like how my style made everyone look so young so i tried changing it to make "older" looking people specifically, but i didn't "try" to change anything else about my style (it looks horrible btw LOL NEVER AGAIN AKJHSDG forever babies cries). wahh ; O ; <3333 if anything, i'd love to continue seeing your experiments if you'd like? i'm sure others do too ;;;w;;; <333 or if you're not comfortable with it still maybe you can show only a few friends and ask for their input? though i suppose really, your style is up to you and how you want it be like!
sorry i typed a lot!!!!! WAH it's a lot of rambling though and i'm realy sorry >________<;;;;
you don't have answer though! i'm happy if you read it and it helps you somehow;;;;;
<3333 i hope you're feeling better about your art soon ; O ; <33 it's really a bummer if of all things you're uncomfortable with your style sobss... q____qq