Sorry this isn't a new piece, but it's a perfect introduction to a topic I've been wanting to discuss about illustration: style. One concept that is often emphasized in the conferences I've attended is that an illustrator wants to represent a consistent and unique art style in his/her portfolio.
This is a problem for me. . .because I like to work in a variety of styles:
|inked & realistic|
|abstract & geometric|
|loose & sketchy|
|inked & painterly|
The topic/project usually helps me choose which style to use on each illustration. I've especially been focusing on the last two (inked & painterly + painterly) to bring more focus to my portfolio, but sometimes. . oh, sometimes. . I just want to explore. I think I'm going to try that a bit for a few days ;).
How about you guys? Do you have a distinctive style? Do you have many? What helps you choose which style to feature in your portfolio? I'd love to hear about your experiences!