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Designing Creatures and Characters by Marc Taro Holmes

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A Note on Individual Style

Every concept artist should be working to define their individual style: the style of drawing or painting we prefer to work in combined with the subject matter we are expert in.

You have to know yourself. Know what you’re passionate about.

An employer is going to be looking at your style and deciding if it works for them. You’re seeking the best fit possible. If you love lighthearted, stylized cartoons, you’re probably not a great fit for a studio that does gritty realism and dark, brooding story lines. They wouldn’t find your work helpful, and you wouldn’t enjoy being in that mindset day in and day out. Equally, if you want to do serious adult-oriented work, you’ll just be frustrated if you’re making cute cartoon animals ...

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