In the Podcast "Am I too Old to Get Started?" Lee, Jake and Will talked about the 3 phases to becoming an artist. I loved the clarity in each of the phases, and I feel like it's a great way to move forward.
I feel stuck. I've sold art in various styles since I was fairly young, and I'd like to move forward and continue being an artist. My problem is that I feel like I have so many styles, and I'm not sure what I really like the most. One day I really love movie concept art, another I feel more interested in children's books...and lately I feel drawn to comics. I feel a bit like a chameleon. If I look at Jake's art, or Christian Ward, Jermoe Opena...I want to draw comics. If I see James Christensen or Tony Deterlizzi's work, I want to dive into a children's book. And after a good movie, I get thrown into concept art mode. I feel like I can mirror so many styles, but still feel lost as to what my strength is. Because of this I have mountains of pre-work for various projects, but barely any finished art.
I want to move forward and grow as an artist, but I feel like I have a foot stuck in each of the 3 phases. I can draw ok, but I could still use some basic skills from the first phase. I also feel like I'm in phase 2, but just can't decide where I want to put my effort in making a portfolio. (unsure of what interests me...cause everything sounds awesome depending on what day it is) And phase 3...I have stories that I'm dying to tell, I've done concept art, I've filled sketchbooks with ideas, but I really don't even know if I have the artistic strength to portray those stories.
If you had the patience to read through this, you're golden. Does anyone have thoughts or advice? And apologies if this is a ridiculous question.
If I haven't been detailed enough, let me know. You guys are awesome.