Everyone is born to draw. We all start out drawing and communicating in pictures–even before our words have a chance to catch up with us. We represent; on paper what we feel, think, and see at a very, very young age. Not of all of us stick with it. Some of us just happen to evolve on to different communications, but sometimes we leave, we stop practicing drawing for different reasons; maybe we discover something else to engage ourselves in–instead of drawing. But more often than not–we stop because someone tells us we’re not very good, and to try something else.
Anyone who sticks with drawing is someone worth rooting for. Anyone who gets through all that rejection and continues to draw and to create needs to continue.
In university I was consistently told that I wasn’t ‘developed’ enough to have a style. Every teacher (with few exception) I enjoyed the company of: I slowly grew to dislike because of the fuel they fed the notion that art students haven’t developed enough to know their own mind.
But I did not go to university, for art, to be told not to develop in my own way. I went to learn how to better myself from a business standpoint. I went to art school to learn how to develop a brand, seek out networking, practice business and create a name for myself.
I’ve had a style for six years now. It’s a notable one; it influences all of my work. That, to me, is not a bad thing. I am a living example of how practice can evolve you into different ways of expressing yourself.