Every artist who has been practicing for a while has her or his own artistic style. Much like our own handwriting, an artist's style goes through phases as it develops, but ultimately we all settle into a handwriting that is unique to us individually and flows naturally when we sit down with a pen & paper.
But, just like I spent years learning the alphabet and how to string letters into words and words into sentences before being able to scribble out a sentence with little effort, developing your own artistic style takes some time and patience, but it sure is a fun process!
When I think about an artist's personal style, it all comes down to how you show up in four different areas. These four factors all work together to give your artwork a certain feel:
2) subject matter
Let's spend a little time looking at these four factors and answer a few questions to get a better grasp of what you tend to lean toward in each of these categories. When you asses your tendencies in each of these areas, you'll begin to nice the common denominators and themes throughout your work. Start paying attention to these themes and over time will be able to pinpoint what makes your work yours.