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Hello! May I ask, how did you develop an art style?

It has taken me awhile to respond to this question. Much of this comes from the fact every time I come to answer it I am stumped in how to properly answer it. For style is, I have found, a conglomeration of all we hope ourselves to be. Style in its loosest terms, is our self expression, like fashion can become a form of self-expression. In a way, "style" as it stands is not necessarily a thing one "develops" outside of simply "doing" art.
I say this to mean simply this--it is my belief, that one's style comes when one is constantly re-working their work and practicing. Being true to yourself is, at its core, one of the best ways to develop an art style. You cannot be anything but yourself, and to be your best self is not to simply accept where your work stands, but to improve, adapt, experiment, practice, and reflect. Developing your style is as much a mental game as it is a physical one.
But your question centers mainly on how *I* developed one. But in a way, I do not think I have fully developed my style to its truest potential or see what I do as a style of anything--but as me creating and crafting from my being. I still believe that as I change--my style does. My style of ten years ago is not me today, nor do I wish or expect it to be. I developed my style as most do--through panic of not feeling like I had any form of consistency, worry, and anxiety.
As I have changed interests and tastes, and began to discover what I truly wanted to talk about and say in my work, my work has begun to slowly reflect and shape into that mold.
I cannot say from where this style came other than to give you a giant list of influences (which I will spare you). I apologize if this is not exactly what you meant but to me, style is never a question of whether or not it is distinctive or "unique," but rather if my work has begun to say what it needs to, and to let it at times tell me what it *should* be, not always what I perceive it should be. The more I have come to listen--then more I have come to learn. And developing my style I feel is an act of growth and maturity. My style has come from all my past selves, and is a fulfillment of their wish, if minuscule, to be wholly myself and to never settle for stagnation.
But the short answer: I studied others, sought out my own voice, dwelled on what I wished my work to become, and I sat down--and got to work. Practice might not make perfect, but it certainly comes close. And the comfort in all this: I am in the making. And to grow is the greatest achievement I can say my style has ever developed.

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