This new image is titled “Another Life Analogy”, and is one of my newest digital paintings, which is a new direction I’m taking on my artist journey.
My early art endeavors included drawing and painting up through high school and college. After that, I had a few breaks of nothing creative and a fairly long stint of graphic design and photography. For the last 5 years, I’ve been concentrating on photo composites with Photoshop, which I love doing. However, I have had the urge to starting painting again.
This brings me to the subject of this post…finding my style! I really want to write children’s books and be able to illustrate them as well. Of course, I’ve been doing a fair amount of research (or “snooping”) on Behance and other creative sites and see so many talented people with outstanding ideas. So many varied styles of illustrating to take in, and I’m not sure if it’s helping me hone in on my own personal style, or if it’s getting me confused! I feel like a kid in a candy store with too many tasty morsels in my bag.
So here’s part of my inner conflict as I look at other peoples work and work on my own pieces… am I copying or expressing through inspiration? I would have to surmise that every artist must see other peoples work as well. We can’t help but see what’s out there, right? But how do you find your own artistic voice when influenced by others? What is truly my own creation? Does it even matter?
The bigger part of my conflict is feeling “legitimate” when I finish a piece. I definitely do not want my art to look like someone elses distinct style, and even worse, I don’t want to look generic. When does “my” style start to become something recognizable?
I have a lot of questions and not so many concrete answers floating around my head. So what’s a girl to do? Well, this girl is probably going to try a good variety of different styles that she loves looking at. It seems that while trying a certain style of painting or drawing that I will find something that comes natural to me and it will evolve into the Kim K Whittemore style. Patience, right? Something I’m not real great at.
Paint, paint, paint!! And as for the idea that I’m copying…I think I need to just let that idea roll off my back. Let’s think about that for a second…each one of us is influenced by everything our senses come in contact with. I could open my fridge one morning and an idea could waft right into my imagination. I maybe need to be more receptive to inspiration everywhere, not just in it’s finalized form in the case of art. And as for the people whose work I admire, maybe they have the same thoughts and worrying I have.
OK, off I go… paint, paint, paint!