How Important is a Consistent Art Style?
Consistent Art Style is an absolute must for work.
Drawing something well once is a pretty good skill.
Drawing something well several times in the same style is a great skill.
Having a great skill can really help with repeat customers.
Seemingly unrelated skills can help to advance and expand new styles in different directions.
Even if the natural styles don’t match the clients requests; with some some dedication & determination human beings are capable of almost anything!
(Yes, even a consistent art style.)
No one said it would be easy.
Of course, staying consistent with new styles can be difficult at times.
With illustration, drawing the same characters in different situations can be a challenge.
However, putting in the extra effort usually pays off in acquiring new clients in the same style!
Practice makes …almost perfect.
Clients searching for an artist or designer often try to order a specific style based on the artists past work.
Having more than one example of a specific style can put the clients mind at ease, since the desired style is more likely to be delivered.
Creatives taking on the entirety of the chaotic world must be ready to tackle anything at any given moment.
You never knowing what might be requested next.
Yesterday’s Dragon Illustration is Tomorrow’s Fantasy Game Character!
…Or funky mobile games!?
That’s why having many different skills working in a creative career can beneficial to unrelated work in the future.
Doing the same thing in a slightly different way can really change the final result!
Of course, artists passionate about creativity can also have many different natural styles for their personal creations.
Be yourself. On your own time you’re the best “You” that you can be.
Ameshin’s original art.
As mentioned consistence for work is beneficial from a financial point of view, but what about personal projects?
Going out of your way to be consistent for art doesn’t have to be a priority.
If the person is doing what they love a natural consistency in style is likely to emerge.
No matter what the medium, if it’s something you enjoy doing it’s likely not a waste of time.
Even small details in the style or aura of the work can shine through.
Mixing it up.
When you’re having work custom made.
It’s important not to forget: The sky’s the limit!
When hiring artists with a large variety of styles it can be tempting to request something seen elsewhere, from a popular book, movie or artist.
While this might seem like a good idea it’s also helpful to keep in mind:
If you’re creating something unique, but basing it on someone else’s work is the result as desirable as it could have been?
Allowing artists & designers as much creative freedom as possible can wield amazing results. You may find that breaking free of THE Consistent Art Style every now and again can be a good thing.
(Ameshin: “I trust your judgement.” is literally THE best thing I’ve ever been told.)
Anything that could be worth doing is worth doing.
From There to here & back again!
Creative hobbies can also be extremely beneficial.
Having a consistent art style helps, even when it’s not really “art”.
*As a general note: I was hired as a one time freelancer to do the top four default avatars.
The other things listed were requests for the Teen version of the Second Life platform, which were donations provided on request.
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For both clients & artists/designers:
Even if you were aiming for a Consistent Art Style, and ended up with something else..
Even if your project doesn’t take off, or you’ve done the best you possibly could within the confines of the given situation – and failed..
You can take comfort in the fact that, at the very least you tried.
Thanks to you there is something out there that wouldn’t have existed otherwise. There’s always room for improvement.
The path to consistency is in numbers.
Keep creating, even if it doesn’t seem like it’s going somewhere.
Because it is!