First of all, I freely admit that what I say isn't gospel. I am a total amateur at art and writing. I've learned everything that I know via the internet and a few drawing books. It's just that I appreciate all of the tutorials here on dA that have helped me out, and I want to put a little bit of my own methods back in.
In my experience, style will either be one of the easiest or one of the hardest things for you to develop as an artist. I've been there, there is no worse feeling than the crushing realization that your art looks an awful lot like everyone else's. The weirdest part is that it's really difficult to develop a style of your own consciously, it often happens over a long period of time without you noticing. If you are interested in differentiating your style, I have a few tips to get you headed in the right direction.
#1: Take a Break From Manga and Fan Art
I have nothing against manga and anime. I enjoy watching a