We can get news from the other side of the globe faster than if your neighbor ran over from next door. What was once underground and very hard to see can now be considered mainstream.
We see hundreds if not thousands of images a day as visual artists. We are lucky enough to look at the work of our peers, and in a matter of seconds we can find millions of images to help as reference points for our work.
Looking at other beautiful artwork can certainly elevate our practice, but I feel it can't help but influence our style, too. When we see a color combination we love we get excited and want to try and incorporate it into our work too. A new medium can have us running to the store so we can try it at home.
It is hard enough to develop a style that is recognizable yet unique, and now we have to contend with the daily hyper-viewing of images.
I am not complaining! I love the web and I love that I can see all the lovely art I could I ever dream of. But I am just a tad more aware of the fact that I need to stay true to me and my style, and not get seduced by something bright and shiny.
Every Friday I will be sharing a video that is geared towards helping kids learn to draw. I will be demonstrating in a way I liked to learn as a child--with fun and fancy images that are easily repeated and not too complicated. This week it is the grumpy bunny from the image above.
Please feel free to share this post or video with any artistic little ones you may know.
This is an image from a book I illustrated a few years ago for author David Rowinski called The Open Pillow. Another style for PPF.
So get going! Draw draw draw with abandon--and help your kids do the same. Before you know it you will have your own amazing style.
Drawn with the Kuretake brush pen.