“Talent is when you have something to say but genius is when you have something interesting say.”
The Elements of Artistic Style
Art is your medium of expression. It is the platform by which you communicate with the world. In a world where everybody is a winner it is really hard to tell if your work is ingenius or if your just being placated by your peers. You may have plenty of talent but talent is the result of years of labor intense building upon your craft. On top of that you may have focused too hard on the technical aspects of your work making your study far too systemic for exploration. Style is essential to having an impact on the world.
Artistic style is like a thumbprint, it is particular to the artist who created it. Your art will have to embody your personal character.
If you get to know the work of Dali or Picasso you begin to see an overall consistency within the body of work. If I see a painting with long flowing penmanship, a dynamic attention to detail, a precise layering of paint, like an old masters work, along with strange phantasmagorical imagery, I know that I am looking at an art piece by Salvador Dali.
There should be a distinctness to you work that viewers can only trace back to you.
Study the Styles of Others:
The study of Art can be omnivorous! Keep a database of all your favorite artists. That includes: musicians, painters, sculptors, philosophers, entrepreneurs or anyone that inspires you. Most likely the way that they inspire you, in some way,contributes to your own personality. If you follow the element of artistic style your personality will be woven into the fabric of your art piece and so will all those who you emulate.
Broaden your Horizons:
In order to make your art a lasting and meaningful experience you yourself have to have lasting and meaningful experiences. Artists take people out of their reality. If you have vibrant experiences or dreams then your art will be vibrant too and people are drawn to vibrancy and beauty.
Draw Outside the Lines:
Don’t focus solely on technique. In order to create you have to play around. Have tons of fun. Treat your work like play. When you reach a level of mastery those dynamic elements will be toys for your amusement. Now you can draw from your vast experiences and put things together like an erector set or legos.
To explore the realm of the human experience I like to study Philosophy. For me I want my art to be deep and thought provoking and nothing is more so than the study of philosophy.
note: You can draw from whatever you want whether it be entertainment or your own history. You don’t necessarily have to study philosophy in order to have an amazing message in your artwork.
When we think of philosophy most people think of conniving old men in togas engaged in discourse about ascertaining the absolute truth. Philsopophy is actually quite modest. It is the most efficient modelling of human reality that we have. Philosophy for ages has been obsessed with trying to interpret the human experience and draws upon a wide array of knowledge like:
1. metaphysics: the study of abstract dimensions.
2. Logic: Rationality and reason.
3. Aesthetics: Beauty and Art.
4. Ethics: Questions of morality and how men should interact with others.
5. Epistemology: Study of the empirical world.
I feel philosophy helps me to make my art deeper and more thought provoking. Regardless of what study you find interesting in your studies the message you are trying to convey should come out seamlessly in your artwork. Art is a way for us to see things through the subject of another. It takes us out of our solipsism and helps us to engage reality in a whole new way.