Art School Boot Camp: Developing Your Style

Christine Nishiyama, Artist 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
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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!

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Helped me figure out my style very well! Also it was super fun, and I would recommend this to anyone that would want to learn to draw and find there style. Also can you do poses to try?
Very insightful and really good for self-reflection. Thank you, Christina, for giving me a starting point.
Monika Kanokova

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Thanks for this lesson. I am starting my influence board now and can't wait to dig in.

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Christine Nishiyama

Artist 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 45,000 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 6 years. My core belief is that art is good and we should all make more of it. Might Could is here to uplift...

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