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Develop your Style by Showing Your Work

Lesson 24 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

Develop your Style by Showing Your Work

Lesson 24 from: How to Draw

Cleo Papanikolas

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24. Develop your Style by Showing Your Work

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Develop your Style by Showing Your Work

so we just did a lot of art. And what if you just put it back in your notebook and put it back under your bed? That would be great. You would have got your practice. You would have learned to draw yourself a little bit, but it's not putting out out into the world. It's not really developing your stylus much, so let's talk about style a little bit. The first way people develop their style is by just doing a whole lot of work. And as we were going through, all the techniques were saying, Oh, choose which ones feel natural. Teoh. Which one's your favorite? Get rid of the ones you don't want to do right now. Save them for later. So as you make those decisions or even within one drawing, you're keeping your favorite parts and erasing the rest and reworking them. Every little decision you make is kind of developing your own personal style. Um, the other way is just to set up some kind of job for yourself. Um, you set up your own parameters like we've been working on dogs and trophies. So aga...

in, I we did three dogs in trophies before and I painted a man. I chose three different colors and three different dogs and freedom of trophies. And you just decide that you're gonna work in a Siri's, You know, whether it's for a week, a month, a year, and that will really you'll learn all about all the different aspects of that style and choose what it is you like about it. And as you get super comfortable with it, just the decisions you make your style will naturally evolve. Um, another thing. It Another project that I did for myself is a blogger project. So I decided a couple of years ago, every week I was going to do a tiny little craft. I call in my tiny paintings project, and I did a little painting the size of a postcard and made some kind of a paper craft out of it. And then I just gave him away for free. They're still up there on my block, and it just it really got me thinking about crafting, because every week I'd walk around, I'd be like anything I saw, you know, paper bags in the store. I would be like, How could I make a craft out of that. Why would someone want to use a tiny paper bag? What? What I put on it. You know, I didn't end up doing that when I made little tiny bows and arrows and any kind of any kind of event that happened holidays. Or I would think, What can I do? Make a tiny paper craft and put how could I put a painting on that? And so, people, people will tend to say, Oh, cost you just You're so creative. How do you just come up with these ideas? And they don't just poof out of thin air. It's because I've got a project and I'm looking for the idea, A specific idea. Um and that's another way that you can really develop. Your style is by, ah, whole year long project. And if it is on the block on a blogger on instagram or something, then it does. It gets out there to more people, and as more people see it, they comment or somebody. You know, maybe if you're doing this professionally, some will say, Oh, I really like that ad you did for such and such. Let's do one a little bit in that style, but change it just a little. And so you kind of get known for a style. So outside influence does really effect. Um, you think you're you're making your style, but you're you're relating to any, like, good compliments you've got and saying, Oh, yeah, I guess that did kind of work out. I think I might try that again. So it's a combination of doing a whole lot of it and setting up problems for yourself and then taking outside influence and maybe the bad influence. Maybe, you know, say, I'm never doing that again. Or maybe it's a good in. Someone paid me money todo I was having fun drawing. I think I'm going to do another one. Uh, that's really it's just your style naturally evolves if you keep at it, keep practicing and then showing your work. We hit on it a little bit, um, social media project, so you could do a block like we said, Or you could do a, um, like hashtag project. So I've done ones that are national or I've done ones. That's just a few friends that get together. And this would be on instagram or I guess you doing? Facebook? Whatever social media you like to follow and you just create this little hash tag of, you know, like, you know, two paintings a week or one painting day or whatever it is you want to dio and you get a non line group of friends together and you really all support each other and give each other feedback. And it's accountability. So, you know, you see all your friends putting it up, you're gonna put it up to you to try a little harder, stay up a little later, bust out another little drawing that night, and it it's a really good way of keeping you on a schedule where you can just, you know, really develop your your artistic practice because it is practice and it is daily, and another way is to display your art a lot. So if you do, put it in your sketchbook and put it you know away in your notebook somewhere in your in your tote bag or backpack and you never see it. So it's kind of like how they tell people who take it, play a musical instrument. You know, if you play the trumpet or the guitar. They say, Just put your trumpet on the coffee table or hang your guitar on a hook on the wall. Don't ever put it away in a case and you know, shove it in the closet because you won't play it. But if it's there and you open the front door and you just got home from work and hey, there's my trumpet on the coffee table, you're likely to pick it up.

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Ratings and Reviews

Lt. Cmnd. Data

This fun course is perfect for the beginner that wants to learn how to draw with pencil. Cleo had lots of great tips and techniques that are easy to employ and you can get started with whatever supplies you have around the house (back of the envelope and a #2 pencil..). It is great to have more fuel for my creative habit!


This class is fantastic for getting you off and running for a daily practice of drawing and DIY exhibition. The range of techniques that Cleo goes over are easy to follow and enable you to create something that has potential! I am inspired to apply what I have learn in this class right away. I primarily work in the digital space, so spending time developing analog skills with an experienced instructor has been so valuable for me and my work. And as a side note, I loved focusing on everyday things (keys, scissors, etc.) and bringing out the character and beauty of those objects in our drawings.


I thought this course was great! Cleo broke down the fundamentals of drawing in a way that was easy to understand. I was particularly impressed by the different tracing paper techniques and using the pencil as a measuring tool. After taking this class I can now look at drawings and identify the techniques that were used to accomplish them and that's an awesome feeling :)

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