What kind of illustration styles are there

How do I find my own illustration style !?

With this article I want to tell you something about the myth of your own illustration style.

The things that I would like to give you are based on experience, research and intensive exchange with colleagues. If this topic does not let you go, I recommend you too this book to read: Here you will find a lot of useful information, tips and tricks as well as a lot of inspiration.

Your own, unmistakable signature - different, distinctive, timeless, refreshing and highly recognizable. This is how it should be, your own illustration style. This is what many illustrators dream of. But only a few manage to acquire a distinctive style. Why is that? Ain't we good enough Are the others just better? Am I lacking the talent? Am I doing something wrong?

The answer is no. Because your own illustration style is not something you learn, but something that arises from yourself. It is an expression of personality and a way of looking at the world. It is the result of a chain of questions and decisions that one makes in the course of the illustration process. E.g .: Which pen do I choose today? Which medium do I use? Analog or digital? Which colors and which image section do I choose? Abstract or Realistic? Your answers to all of these questions will shape your own style of illustration. Is it possible to influence your own illustration style? Yes, absolutely. And through inspiration, experimentation and practice. These three factors form the basis and know-how for your illustration style.

Collect inspiration

You can gain new inspiration from outside influences, for example. E.g. when taking a walk in the forest. Visiting a museum or talking to like-minded people - but also through specialist literature, a video tutorial or simply via Google. The possibilities here are as varied as the personalities of the illustrators.

Arouse the joy of experimentation

You cannot create anything new if you are unwilling to leave your "comfort zone". Better to stay open to new things. Why always draw in analogue, why not digitally? This also applies the other way around, of course. Sometimes use a different pen or draw a subject that you don't feel comfortable with. There are many ways (this is also shown by the links to the books below). The braver you get, the better and maybe even more surprising the result.

Practice, practice and practice

The third and, in my opinion, most important factor influencing your illustration style is practice. You just have to draw a lot, a lot. Because practice makes perfect, and that definitely applies to illustrations. Not only will you become more confident in using your drawing tools, but you will also train your drawing library in your head. So you can call up motifs and picture compositions faster. This leaves you more freedom for creativity and puts the focus on the idea. Just like a pianist does not look at his fingers while he is sitting at the piano, but simply plays.

Interesting literature links on the topic:

A) Illustration: 100 ways to paint a bird

The book advises "almost" everything you should know about illustration.

B) Nea Machina: The creative machine.

Creative methods based on many examples from two designers. Not only interesting for designers.

C) Courage to use a sketchbook: drawing and sketching on the go.

No step-by-step instructions for illustrators, but still highly recommended.

D) Water colors for designers.

Everything you need to know about the creative use of watercolor and co. Pure inspiration.