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It took me awhile to think of the first post to this blog, and I figured it might be a good time to talk how I interpret the creation of style in art and how the style of Heaven’s Winter style came to be.

Art is very interesting as there’s a seemingly endless amount of paths you can pursue style. It begins with ideas and the artist’s imagination. The artist will then put their interpretations of life onto paper in the form of a drawing and composition. The painting, as the finale, tests the artist’s colour theory and understanding of vision, executed with brush strokes fitting for their personal touch.

Through every step, it takes into consideration of the artist’s understanding of life. When I get asked how I end up with my style, it’s simply experience and observation over many years.

A starting artist is limited by their lack of understanding. As their knowledge of art fundamentals grow, their potential in depicting what they want grows and grows. By the time they’re experienced, they ultimately choose to limit themselves deliberately into what we call a “style”.

While there is still a myriad of techniques and theory to learn, when I reached a point where I felt my technical knowledge was at a standstill, I began to have more substantiated preferences in my art. I’ve experimented with a myriad of styles, including my 4 years in Sheridan College’s Classical Animation program. It may seem a bit weird considering how my art looks now, though I do incorporate animation fundamentals into my work to this day. Nonetheless, the point is that I get progressively pickier and pickier despite having the knowledge to branch into whichever style with enough practice.

If I were to describe what my art is inspired by, it’s a callback to 90s Anime with cinema-centric compositions, traditionalist fine art colour theory, and a dash of impressionist painting.

Similar to opinions, everyone will naturally gravitate towards what they prefer. I always tell people I teach that it’s more important to learn all facets of art fundamentals and, without thinking about it, the style will soon appear.

A forced style looks dishonest. People notice. Yes, I’ve tried.

This blog is dedicated to have a more organized means to share my knowledge to the world. If you enjoyed this, feel free to continue to check this blog as well as my artbook “Heaven’s Winter Vol. 1”, coming out later this year!

-Alex