Realism? Stylized? Abstract? Whatever.
Have you heard that an artist must have an identifiable style?. One that a viewer or customer will recognize immediately. I have found that difficult to achieve. Often the material will dictate my style and sometimes the subject will influence the style.
Face number 13 for my 29 Faces in Feb. which I call "Is There a Bluebird on My Shoulder", was done mostly in acrylic. I used colored pencil to blend and shade the face and collage for the background pattern. I did not use a reference photo for this piece so the features are not exactly perfect. What would you call this style?
I did use a photo to draw the next face and I think the features are much better. But what is all that stuff around her, and that hair! What is that all about? Actually this was a challenge from Gypseefire's Weekly Art Challenge https://www.facebook.com/groups/188159941531142/?fref=nf.
Artists are to create a painting that includes images of at least three of 14 assigned words. I wanted to see how many of the 14 words I could incorporate in my painting. Trying to fit my work into as many challenges as possible, I also wanted to include a portrait. This will be number 14 for my 29 Faces in Feb. 2916. I also managed to include 10 of the 14 words. Tah dah! But what would you call this style?
So to make more portraits for the 29 Faces challenge, number 15 and 16 were fairly quickly done whereas #14 took two days of intermittent work. You know how it goes, time out for dinner, laundry, grocery shopping blah, blah, blah. These two are drawn with pencil and accented with ink and watercolor. I would call them realism with a touch of fantasy.
|#15 "Flower Girl"|
|#17 "Young Man With a Crooked Bow Tie"|
Number 18 is definately a cartoon, another one of my "I've Got No Style" drawings.
I have been turned down a couple of times for juried sites for lack of consistency. I thought it meant that my work showed inconsistency of proficiency. I had to do some research before I learned that gallery curators and art jurors look for a consistency of style in an artist's work. This was a surprise since I thought a variety of style in ones' work would display a variety of artistic strengths. Not necessarily so. We live and learn.
Be sure to check out the sites mentioned in my post for some great art work. Some other great art sites are
Show Your Face
Show Your Face
I will be there and so will many other dedicated