Hey! I love ur art! I wanted to ask you about your style. It's really unique. Did you have any inspiration or did you just draw something and like the style you used?
Thank you so much! And thank you for this ask!
When I was a kid I tried really hard to imitate the style of Cardcaptor Sakura and Sailor Moon. I had no eye for art so it was super crappy doodles. And I drew every character I liked on all of my TV shows and video games. (I still have a ton of them. I never throw anything away. I’m 26 and still have art from seventh grade ooops). I drew fanart for everything I watched or played. I drew a ton of Digimon (I drew a Mimi I was super proud of in fifth grade and I think that’s when I got serious about drawing all the time), Legend of Zelda, Inuyasha, Naruto, and Final Fantasy (which I still draw for all the time). Its always been shoujo manga that I tried to imitate though. In high school, I tried to imitate Shugo Chara. I never colored anything, btw. It was all sketches. I didn’t start attempting to even color anything until college. I got a job at a craft store and used my discount to collect copics and prismacolors.
My art kind of just kind of grew into what it is now. Its basically if I like it or not. If I see something that I think I can learn from, I try it out. When I first started drawing digitally, I watched a speedpaint or tutorial every time I drew a new piece. I don’t watch that many any more because I feel confident in the style I’ve developed. I kind of combined what I liked and ignored what didn’t work for me. I didn’t even think I had a consistent style until a year ago. Honestly, I’m so stuck in the way I draw I don’t think I could draw other people’s styles at all.
Thank you so much for this ask and the compliment again. I actually ended up sitting and going through all of my old artwork because of this ask. It meant a lot.
Someone once told me a story about long term relationships. To think of them as a continent to explore. I could spend a lifetime backpacking through Africa, and I would still never know all there is to know about that continent. To stay the course, to stay intentional, to stay curious and connected – that’s the heart of it. But it’s so easy to lose track of the trail, to get tired, to want to give up, or to want a new adventure. It can be so easy to lose sight of the goodness and mystery within the person sitting right in front of you.
“The next time you visit a public library and see an older person at the information desk, someone near retirement age, take a good look. You may be seeing the last of a dying breed, the professional librarian.”