Finding (and refining) personal style can be a struggle; we’re the first to admit it. We’ve all been there at least once, if not multiple times, as we gaze into our portfolio and trying to make sense of our own style. Regardless of whatever dilemma we may have, we know it is important to know the trends while still maintaining a style that is all our own.
It can be a great dilemma for us because there are many great styles to choose from. Be it minimalist to hand-drawn. For me, the process is gradual.
Here is some advises(given to me by a wise friend) that I find useful:
1) Find Inspiration
Write down the names of your favorite illustrators and do a bit of research via Behance or Instagram to gather inspiration from their work. If you drawn towards minimalist/clean look, but with a dose of cheekiness, check out illustrators that have these qualities. Brings together a pool different types of inspiration from several sources is a great way to figure out what you like and dislike.
2) Clean Up
Take a good, long look at your portfolio. Be constructive. Did you do it because you know this is the current trend yet it is not in your style zone? Toss out what you know it is not you. Then you can begin to rebuild and refine your portfolio with a style that truly reflects where you are in your life and career. The more you learn to trust your instinct, the faster the process will go.
3) Improve your skill
Whether it is Udemy or Skillshare, it is up to us to hone in our skill. The better we are at our skills, the more confidence we are in understanding what we can do and what we want to do.
4) Ask for help
Whenever we are serious about something, never be afraid to ask for help of a mentor or lecturer. Seeking the help of your mentor or lecturer will ensure that each item you present shows off all your best assets!
I hope that is helpful. Until next time, cheerio from my desk.