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    Style. Know what style is? It's a pain in the ass, that's what it is!

    I had a wise teacher one tell me that you should never bother with style - you're style is there simply by the way you interpret the world and communicate it through your arm, hand, and drawing utensil. I think it's more complicated than that though. 

    There's comes a point in every young artist's life where they really start to notice other artists and how they draw. Something about the work draws them in, connects with them on a deep level. That's when we start emulating those artists, studying their work to see how they solve problems. I think those early influences have a profound impact on what our individual styles end up looking like. 

    Eventually we learn to put away the reference material, to stop looking at other art while we draw. It's from this point that we begin to evolve into our own thing. We still look at inspiring art all the time, just not while we're actually drawing. Other influences begin to creep in while at the same time we start to do our own problem solving

    Problem solving, btw, is what artists do every time they put an art tool to a surface. How do I make these lines, these strokes, convey this feeling or vision I have in my head? 

    I'm 46. I've been drawing a long time, and I have to admit, I have no idea what my style is. I feel like I still struggle with it every day. I enjoy drawing differently - sometimes realistic, sometimes cartoony, sometimes experimenting with something new, or something classic. How, then, am I ever supposed to have one definable look? By seeking variety though, am I creating an endless amount of work for myself, to try and excel at many different styles? Do I become a jack of all trades and master of none? I'm not sure I want that, and yet I've never been able to lock myself into one technique, one style, one whatever. I admire those who can. 

    So these are just some sketches to get back into the groove of drawing after going on a family vacation. It's some feeble attempt to explore what I loosely envision to be a comic book style I hope to eventually settle on, and yet just saying that seems weird to me. Like I said, it's a pain in the ass.