Lately I've been thinking about the whole branding your art style for the audience issue. I've always been fascinated with the less popular Franco-Belgian range of styles, and I've started looking into them around April '08...
All artists, to the more non-artist audience, are usually seen as "the person with that particular style". Of course, as us artists know, the skilled folks can do styles other than their most well-known one. I always prefer to talk to artists not just about their style, but about their range of styles. I never felt it's healthy for an artist to do nothing but their personal favourite. It's equivalent to eating a single type of food for years! Balanced meal, I say.
I have been experimenting in terms of visual styles and finishing, trying to broaden my range. At one point, I have come to a conclusion that it's better for an artist to do a single style out of their big range. No giving up on practising still life, figure drawings and the other ranges of styles, but make sure a consistency is kept.
So eventually I found that I took a liking to a simpler style.
Here's a new fan art I've made of the JRPG series "Persona" by Atlus, featuring the protagonists of four different games and the embodiment of their powers, the Personae. Pretty simple, eh? Nevertheless, I do my best to tweak brush settings in Photoshop to achieve the look I wanted.
I'd also like you to meet... Little Meeky.
Not exactly the complicated, nor too simple. But hey, it's all fun altogether! 8D
More artwork and thoughts to come!