Art advice

  • I have two different styles one in black and white and another in color. I used to have black and white subject surrounded by a colored background but it felt similar to my other style.

    Black and white previous


    The mix between the two was interesting but didn’t want the two to be identified. I wanted the black and white elements to be emphasized. I am trying other things but am still confused.

    Currently .

    I am not the best at drawing background in other styles so what should I do?

  • @Ari-Sorokin Practice!

    I know that sounds sort of.... Simple... but it's not and I'm not saying it to be funny.

    Don't set yourself up with just one style - practice - draw in color, draw in black and white, draw with just lines, draw with full color paint... Practice. Practice drawing trees, practice drawing people. Practice drawing backgrounds, practice putting people in those backgrounds.

    Don't box yourself in. In fact I'd urge you to not "settle on a style" until you are confident that you could draw everything (backgrounds, characters, etc) in that style. Besides, styles change. I don't draw the same way I did even a year ago - I have a feeling in a year your style will probably change too - in 10 years it will have changed a lot. Just keep practicing.

    I see you draw dogs - can you draw a horse? A person? do you want to draw backgrounds? do you want to do portraits?

    Ask yourself what you want to do, look at artists you admire and want to emulate, look at artists you don't like and want to not emulate. Do master studies. Look at color combinations. Take SVS classes. Take other classes.

  • That is good advice and I am doing that. If you go through my feed, I draw other animals too. I just drew a sea turtle. Your right I shouldn’t settle on a style, but just a look maybe.

  • I'm kind of confused as to what you're asking. Are you asking for advice on which style of yours we like the best? Or how to make each style better? Can you clarify what kind of advice you are asking for?

    Without really knowing what you're getting at, my opinion is that for all of your styles, you need to work on controlling contrast of color, texture, pattern, and value to help your viewer with identifying focal points. Right now, most of the elements in your pieces are all standing out pretty equally and it's hard to focus on anything in particular. The Composition class here at SVS is really good for helping you learn how to control focal points and contrast.

    You have some really great and interesting things going on in your work across all of the samples you gave. Upping your skills in manipulating contrast will help take these styles to the next level!

  • @Ari-Sorokin please can you post your images on this forum? I dont know if its just me, but im so much less inclined to click an external link rather than just comment on what i can see straight away. Not even sure why that is, but it just is.

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    @Ari-Sorokin Hi! I think both of your styles are amazing. What is that's bothering you? Is it that you can't do backgrounds in color?

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