Did you know?

The power and effectiveness of your illustrations will be partly dictated by your ability - any picture has the potential to be the best picture you're able to draw- and partly by the environmental factors, such as the books and magazines you read, that have influenced you to pick up a pencil in the first place.

There are a few laws in fantasy art-it needs to be bold, exaggerated, and larger-than-life, or it just wouldn't be fantasy art-but apart from that, originality and innovation play a big part in producing work that is attention-grabbing and fresh.

So how do you go about developing a style?

Well, the first thing to do is to work out your strengths. The chances are your strengths are similar to the styles you've been inspired to try to emulate anyway. Once you've done this yo!J can experiment with other styles and just add your own personal touches. When you get more competent at drawing you can branch out and broaden your style. The sorts of styles you should try to follow are the ones that especially appeal to you.

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