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Based off her own experience, Jing’s advice to any creative currently feeling lost in a sea of varying styles and creative identities is, “and I know this has been repeated to death, but you really just have to make a lot of stuff,” she advises. While the easiest route, or the most instantly gratifying might be to lean on the styles of those you admire, or what clients seem to love most, “Taking shortcuts and lifting things from other people’s progress will never be satisfying in the same way,” adds Jing. “The goal is always to make something interesting and in fact, apart from the status quo. The less you focus on what’s trendy or hireable, the more you’ll be on the right track.” Attempting to find your own creative aesthetic to then run with will also be a bit of a slog. “A lot of it,” as Jing points out, “will be terrible.” But, in making more and more work, with time, “you’re increasing your chances of making something that is not terrible. Then, you take things that are working, and build on that until you end up with something that feels right,” the illustrator continues. “You do that for a while, until you inevitably become bored with the thing that works, and start the cycle all over again.” After going through this, and speaking from a place of experience too, the fact that now Jing can look at her work and see herself as a person, sort of sounds like the best creative achievement possible. “When I look at my drawings now, I can see the history of past awkward characters that evolved because I got better. I can also see the variables – my environment, certain phases and events in my life – and how that has influenced the work I’ve chosen to make (or not to make),” concludes Jing. In our book, this feels like what all creative endeavours, no matter what discipline, should be aiming towards. To be able to look back on previous work and not see not a number of likes or shares, but just yourself! To take part in Jing Wei’s Skillshare class head here. For further classes on developing a creative aesthetic we recommend Laci Jordan’s class on “Discover, Cultivate and Share Your Unique Personal Style” and Rick Berkelmans’ class on “Using Creative Constraints to Find Your Style”. » Read More
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