I'm still trying to find where my style fits in the spectrum from representational to abstract, how blobby/loose to draw things vs how controlled. And how much I flatten things vs when to show depth.
I'd like to use a soft color palette (like in the bottom right image) more often, as it feels more "me"—my personality is reserved and I dress in mostly neutral colors.
For my project I've chosen the theme of Paris.
My first illustration is B for Beret:
Final illustration in gouache/edited in Photoshop:
It took me several tries to get a version I was somewhat happy with. My style tends to feel childish, and I wish it felt more cool and sophisticated. But maybe the childish mood is something I should lean into if it comes naturally?
One illustration in and I already feel like I'm starting understand the benefits of making my drawings more stylised rather than representational—it felt great to draw my final illustration without looking at any reference photos. And I tend to think illustrations are more interesting the more stylised they are.
I'm at the beginning of my illustration journey so I realise it's going to take a lot of time and work to get to where I want to be! So I'm telling myself it's ok if these aren't perfect because they're helping me to improve and find my style.