Artists: How do you handle different styles from your own?

Discussion in 'Tutorials and Critiques' started by Toulin, Jan 19, 2017.

  1. Toulin

    Toulin birb

    I'm hoping to be able to take commissions someday, but one thing that kind of worries me is being given a reference to a character that is just in a completely different style from mine. I do not draw anime style, flat-faced humany kinda furries (if there's a term for them, I don't know it!) but I see a lot of people with that art style for their reference and I would not know where to begin drawing that character. If the character is described as a wolf and has a flat anime face, what would I be expected to do here? I would normally draw a wolf with a prominent muzzle but is the commissioner expecting me to replicate the style their reference is in? I'm not sure I can do that.

    What do you folks do in that sort of situation?
     
  2. galaxy-meow

    galaxy-meow dapper cat

    You draw it in your style. Your customer chose you because of your style. If they wanted it like their reference, they could just commission whoever drew the reference again (or if they did it themselves, they'd do it). Like if I wanted that flat face anime style, I wouldn't commission someone who only has examples of feral art.

    If nothing else, just ask them! Make it clear that you plan to draw it your way before committing to the commission.
     
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  3. Siinna

    Siinna I draw anthro, were and furry art

    I would start fast studying that style´s characteristics, to me it sounds like this style you´re talking about is nekomimi but more animalbased than human or kemono style with more human based anatomy.

    In this imaginary scenario, the client seems to be confident you can pull of this style, given as they´ve chosen you let´s say. It all depends on how confident you are in your anatomy and proportion skills for the most part. So basically, this style is like this: It´s a human manga style face with animal nose, ears and mouth head glued to a human body with fur and a tail, animal legs optional. So in order to deliver this, you have to know: Figure drawing/painting, manga style characterstics and different manga styles, depending on which style that sheet is in.

    If they one-on-one want you to "copy" their refsheet down to a T, there´s a technique for that as well, but it´s kind of defeats the point too, as they could just have commissioned the artist who made the refsheet in the first place. The key is to be able to adapt your style to mimic that anatomy and that sonas characteristics but IN YOUR OWN STYLE. That´s y this person commissioned you. Depends also on what you are marketing, are you marketing you can draw this type of style? Then ppl will believe that you can do so or else be adaptable and master that style if you accepted said Commission offer.

    If you are not confident you can pull it off, it is better to decline the commisson imo.
     
  4. quoting_mungo

    quoting_mungo Administrator Staff Member

    If you're given a reference with anatomy that seems clearly divergent from the way you'd usually draw the species anatomy, first step is asking. Most people won't mind you asking to make sure they're getting what they expect. Beyond that, I'd be going by species.

    This is also why I like ref sheets with notes on them. Helps pick out the important features of the characters, and what diverges from the usual anatomy of the species.
     

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