Unconcious. I pick up aspects of other styles like a sponge, so it changes a bit over time.
There's what I want to call techique (you might emulate MLP when you're drawing, or a specific anime, etc.) and then there's the individual variation in the way you draw each stroke and stuff. The second part is what is more important to style in my view, as it's fairly constant (although it does shift a little over time) You can't really train it though, as it's generally only the most subtle hints that make it possible to seperate the works one one artist from another.
I've been trying to "find" my style too. I've heard that the way you find it is by drawing, drawing, drawing (or painting, sketching, etc...whatever is your medium). Just do it again and again and again and it will happen. Of course we are influenced by others, as well as things we might not realize influences us (like where we live, our friends and family, events, etc), trying to imitate or in some cases trying not to imitate others, and so forth. Consciously and subconsciously we try new things, discard some and hold onto others.
Another thing I heard about style not too long ago is that our style is made up of our "flaws." Which I thought was really interesting. It is the flaws that make our works unique from others. So according to what I read we find our style by deciding to keep, emphasize or eliminate these flaws. [link]
Unconscious. I never really watched anime or manga when I was little, and I never tried to copy or draw one of my favorite characters so I naturally did my own style, which has grown and changed over the years, but still is completely my own.
I found my own style by looking at other artists and trying them out for myself, then combining them. I also just do random experimentation doodles sometimes, just messing around with brush settings, colours etc. You won't find your style by looking for it, you will find it by accident while practicing
I don't believe style can be formulated, the closest it can come is probably out of necessity. I know some people develop their style because they work in editorial which is something where you need a drawing made in 4 hours and e-mailed off to some newspaper when the story breaks.
A bit of both, actually. My most natural style is influenced by comic books and anime which I've absorbed throughout my whole life. Then there's the conscious effort of trying to make things look somewhat accurate (anatomically speaking). Then when I had somewhat of a grasp on anatomy, my drawings became a stylized mix of both. I'm still trying to figure out what style I really like (so I guess that's a conscious effort), but no matter what I do, all of my art is starting to have a consistent look to it.
It came naturally. I always drew people in a simple, cartoon way -they sometimes are referred to as stick figures-. As time passed, I finally stopped drawing them so flat And now I even care about shoulders So it is evolutioning over time
I think that often an artist just focuses on improving and then at some point they either identify styles that they want to emulate or they recognize which of their own pieces has received positive attention and they proceed in that direction.
In any case, I think that art is a journey and you needn't worry to much about the final destination. Just keep moving forward.
For me its a conscious. I'm not sure how other people learned how to draw and create their own style but I have always... I don't know a better word for it but, studied, I guess... other artists' work that I really like. I would try to draw like them, like try to learn anatomy and just different styles I guess of different artists that I like then I would try to draw different things or maybe my characters like their style. Eventually, I guess my style just sort of incorporated different parts and aspects of the many artists' styles. Now and then, if I have difficultly with drawing maybe hands or feet, I will look up multiple tutorials and try them all out. I don't know if other people do this or even think it's okay to but I personally don't see the problem with learning from others' acheivements as well as their mistakes. My advice probably won't help but I thought I'd share anyway.
Both, sort of? I know what sort of art I love the most, so I've always tried to move in that direction, more realistic than chibi cutesy. But I've never really consciously said "yes I must always draw x like this" and then copy my other works with that feature or anything. I go with the flow when it comes to growth, only pushing myself in certain directions when I find I don't like the path my work is taking.
Style should be the way you approach a drawing and the way your hand naturally adapts to that. If you stay true to yourself it'll settle out into something you enjoy. But at the same time your 'style' is your comfort zone, if you stay doing the same stuff over and over you'll get boring, so ideally you should have a mix of what is comfortable and natural and what scares you shitless. XD
I find there are many styles I admire and have had a go at over the years but after one drawing I end up going "ok that's enough of that bored now" so while I like looking at it, I don't enjoy doing it, and that's ok. Immitation is not always flattery, you can love something without doing it.
Kind of both, but mostly consciously. I've been painting realistically for so long that I hardly sketched, but lately I've been working on acquiring a good stylized style for quick drawings. I often take too long because I try to make them too realistic.
My drawings have always had a particular look (caused by how I draw / hold my pencil), but apart from that the way I draw has changed over the years so I know it can change. Lately though I felt I'd forgotten how to stylize features... so this is what I did to sort of "relearn" but with a new style. I'm still working on it, but this is what I do...
I'll gather images of paintings/sketches that are what I would like my style to look like and try to copy them or the parts (eyes, hands, etc) that I like. Or maybe I like how they do their lineart so I'll observe it and how they made it different than regular lineart. By doing this it sort of mixes my style in with the new style... and yeah... it works for me.
At the moment I'm still experimenting a little bit.
I suggest if it's worrying you too much to let it go for a while and just focus on improving something else. You might just develop a style you like on your own.
In the general sense, I never worried about having my own style. Since I went into the field of advertising and commercial art, it was better to be transparent, ie, able to draw anything to look like it came from the original creator. Besides doing this, there has always been the art I do just for myself, generally original, though sometimes, okay, often containing real people or other fictional characters. When I started using deviantart to showcase my work with Carl and Hand Banana of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, I found I didn't want to draw the characters exactly as they appeared in the show. I could, but there's no point in it. I found it more fun to draw the details they always left out, such as the characters' eye color and Carl's gold tooth. Now that I look at them I can clearly recognize "my" depictions from the originals. In this case it was a conscious decision NOT to draw them the same way they have been drawn. The way I draw them came to me naturally by following what I wanted to concentrate on, but of course my entire background of art and the practice of drawing in general influences what I am able to do. I also want to add here that I think subject matter drives style a lot. I have other works that I have different styles for.
A little of both. Most of my work was heavily rendered pen drawings for quite some time, and since I love high contrast b&w work that's what I focused on. It sort of made my style, very high contrast, and of course the influence of artists I love like Caravaggio and Rackham. You shouldn't do work focusing ONLY on creating a style, but it can be easier to find a style you like by looking at what elements make things visually pop for you personally.
I have always been worried about defining my art style. You can't just choose someone else's art style that you really like, but you want to be like them at the same time. I think it is a mixture of both. Think about keeping your drawings cohesive, but don't focus too much on restricting it otherwise you will have no fun. I think the key word is cohesive, like a designer's collection of clothes. The same person would buy all of them, and they go together well. Sorry about this blabber. Lately when I am drawing, I am careful to ask myself "Is this what I love, would I do this again, will I get bored of this?", and when I finish a picture I know it is "my style" when I can't stop looking at it.