I've been a bit frustrated with my artwork lately. For a lack of better terms I've been searching for my "style" (or my artistic "voice"). There are many aspects of my artwork with which I am pleased. However, there doesn't seem to be much about it that wows me.
I have been looking at the works of illustrators that I really appreciate, such as Jack Unruh, Alan E. Cober, Sterling Hundly, Marshal Arisman, and Gary Kelly, trying to assimilate their creativity and apply it to my own work (without copying). This is no easy task.
I think I am coming to the conclusion that, even though it is good to be inspired by great artists, it is up to me to pave my own way, taking a more critical look at my art, and seeing what works and what needs to be done differently. Again, no easy task.
At this point of the year, I was planning on sending out a self promotional to potential illustration clients. But I am thinking about holding off for a couple more months so I can work out the rough spots of my work so it has a more professional appearance. It is times like this that I sometimes wish I had gone to art school.