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Art School Boot Camp: Developing Your Style

Christine Nishiyama, Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

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5 Videos (10m)
    • Developing Your Style

      2:19
    • An Artist's Style Progression

      2:02
    • The Step That Makes it All Happen

      1:53
    • Making an Influence Map

      2:08
    • My Influence Map

      1:44

About This Class

In this installment of Art School Boot Camp, we’re going to switch things up and talk about the mental side of making art. Art is more than just studying anatomy, learning to mix paint, and mastering grammar. There’s a special mental side to making art that deals with voice, style, originality, and authenticity. Your artistic voice or style is what makes your work feel like you. It’s what makes a Picasso feel like a Picasso, and a Hitchcock feel like a Hitchcock.

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There are plenty of tutorials online and in books describing step by step how to draw the human body or paint a sunset of film a fight scene. But there’s no tutorial on finding your voice as an artist. The reason is that no one really knows the exact steps they took to hone their style, and even if they did, it wouldn’t be much help to anyone but themselves, because your artistic style is totally specific to you. In fact, it is you.

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Just as you develop your Self and become more like “you” as you grow up, your artistic voice is doing the same thing. With every experience you have, your Self changes and grows, and with every piece of art you make, your style changes and grows. So, although I can’t lay out a step by step guide for you to find your artistic style, I do believe there’s a general progression through an artist’s life, including my own, and I’m going to lay out that progression here this class!

292 of 301 students recommendSee All

If you want to draw, but feel you can't, you NEED to take this class.
I loved the class (simple tiny steps) and the fact that I can have the influences in a physical, visual form really helps to put things into perspective and as a reference as well!
Her guidelines Is a great start to when you are lost and also a guidance to when you forget where you want to go.

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Christine Nishiyama

Illustrator/Writer at Might Could Studios

Hallo! I'm Christine Nishiyama, artist + founder of Might Could Studios.

I make books and comics, and I draw a whoooole lot. I've taught over 40,000 aspiring and established artists, helping them explore their art, gain more confidence, and discover their unique artistic styles.

I've been drawing for over 20 years and have been drawing as my full-time career for over 5 years. My core belief is that art is good and we should all make more of it. Might Could is here to uplift and ...

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