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Take The Water To The Mountain by FieldsOfFire

I can see that you are a beginner so I will go easy on you here. The concept is here, the execution is only in your lack of experience....

Quick concept by Remidubois

After browsing through items to critique this one caught my attention. The piece has a very unique mood to it while embodying both old ...

Purple Sunset by Natan Estivallet by Natan-Estivallet

This piece has a lot going for it! The colors work together nicely and the composition is very well balanced. the textural relationship...

    There is a distinct movement among today’s young artists that focuses on one of the least important elements of the creative process. I am of course talking about style. When a young artist finds a talented hobbyist or working professional with a distinct and unique style, they undoubtedly want to learn what makes such a style so appealing. However the style, isn’t necessarily what is most appealing about the artist or his/her work. Arguably the most well known painting in the world is Leonardo’s “Mona Lisa,” and rightly so it has been parodied and remixed in thousands of new styles. The question is though has the message or impact of the original imaged changed? Usually…no… Her ambiguous expression and vague smile builds mystery in the piece. This image is not subject to just Leonardo’s painting style. It is equally as impactful in every single reproduction of the image. Therefore in  this instance style is hardly a factor at all.

    What is it though that makes us focus so much on style and technique verses the foundations of light, color, and form? Perhaps it’s the way an artist bends and breaks those rules that makes their work appealing. However one must first understand the rules, before you can start bending them to fit your own individual artistic voice. This is where many people fall flat. With such an emphasis on style and not on the fundamental basics of design, one can only assume there will be a disconnect in the creative process.

    So let’s look again at what makes a style appealing. Well, this is a difficult subject to analyze as with each person being unique, what they find appealing is also unique to them. In a recent interview with freelance illustrator Sycra Yasin, we discussed the idea of style in art. His insights into the concept of style allowed me to rethink my position on the matter. I like many artists out there who are more visually minded find that style comes naturally as long as you are working to create the best art you can. Sycra on the other hand talks about  “what you like in art.” He makes the distinction to remember what you “like” verses what you “admire.” Looking for the “that’s cool” mentality that kids have and become obsessed with their favorite game or tv show. Admiring and looking up to an artist is a different thought process. Admiring an artist is when you wonder how they could create such a masterpiece, while “liking” someone’s work, is taking what you admire and breaking down what you “like” about a piece. Recognizing things like dynamic perspective, high contrast, and/or bright vibrant colors, will allow you to recognize what you “like” in art, and what you can focus on creating in your own pieces to build your style.

    For me the question of style is absurd. While I don’t understand the problem people have I do empathize with those who are “stuck in a rut” with their work. Perhaps because I’m such a visually minded person… I never focused on style, I just wanted to make cool artwork, and that was enough for me.

    If nothing else think about it this way: “Will a unique style really make me better?” or are you using style as an excuse to not learn the fundamentals before you start breaking them.

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Ben Yockel
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Born, raised, and currently residing in the Pittsburgh, PA area I started painting when I was 10 and haven't looked back since. Now an emerging artist in the public market, my primary audience exists through social media sources.

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SanderJansen Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for faving! :)
Chargal4 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014
Hey, it's been awhile.
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
wow it sure has!
Chargal4 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014
How is life?
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
pretty good, you?
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WalEck Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2014   General Artist

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CDemirkan Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014
Hey there, How are u doing? Thanks for the fav:)
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
All well, love the piece, it reminded me of something I was trying to do a few months ago.
American236 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I just thought I would apologize and say I'm sorry for annoying you. Hope you won't be mad at me.Hug 
CinderBlockStudios Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
don't worry about it
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