If you take a look at any design or art history book you will immediately see that what differentiates the work of the most successful artists from that of others is the fact that they were able to develop their own unique artistic voice and perspective.
While it may sometimes take years for an artist to find his or her unique angle, there are a few practical steps that you can take that will help you with this long process.
Unraveling the Secret of your Own Artistic Preferences
Understanding yourself and your own preferences, as well as what aspects of your work speak to others must be explored.
Let’s take a look at some practical steps you can take in order to make this happen.
Keeping a creative diary and sketchbook
Keeping a creative diary and sketchbook on a regular basis will be helpful for visual artists that would like to explore their inner world and understand it better. I always keep a small notebook and a sketchbook with me and take them wherever I go.
You will need to learn to open your eyes and look at your immediate surroundings in a more artistically inclined way in order for this technique to be a successful one.
To give you a few examples –
Take your sketchbook with you when you are going grocery shopping. Try to understand why you prefer certain product packages and designs and sketch them.
Sketch and draw everything that appears interesting to you, from street signs and window shop designs to trees and flowers.
Write down a few sentences about anything that you found visually striking during the day, try to understand what it was that spoke to you and think about how you could improve it or give it your own personal twist.
Studying your Artistic Research Results
Undergoing this process of self exploration for a few months will provide you with a handful of sketchbooks and notebooks filled with drawings and remarks. Now comes the hard part: trying to analyze the research you have done and understand what visual and intellectual ideas you should utilize in your own work. The visual forms and ideas that you will discover may sometime surprise you and send you to explore new directions.
Developing your Own Style
Unless you are a genius, and sometimes even if you are a genius, your first original creations will seem uninspiring, imitations of the work of others or simply not good enough. A lot of designers and artists find it very difficult to overcome this obstacle. The secret is to continue and work, sometimes for many years, until you find the way to bridge your ambitions with your actual capabilities. You will need to be attentive to the advice and criticism of other, even if they are not professional. You will also need to develop the ability to view your own work in a critical way. Artists and designers that think everything they do is simply perfect from the very early stages of their work will most of the times remain amateurs. A healthy dose of self criticism will help you to continue and improve until you can translate an idea and an image to an actual designed object.
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Article by Doron Heifetz
Doron Heifetz is a blogger, owner of the popular Name Necklaces website and an expert jewelry designer.