Finding your own style When you draw on a regular basis, you find your own style. Not in the beginning, though. Then you just started your journey to your own style. You copy the ones of others and try out different techniques. Eventually you see that you keep coming back to the same way of drawing and you keep using the same techniques and styles. My search I’ve been drawing for a long time. In 2009 my sister gave me a sketchbook so that I was able to draw anywhere. I then started drawing almost daily. Three years later I was accepted at two different art studies. I chose the art academy in Utrecht. Just like I wrote a few sentences back, to find your own style you must copy others a lot. During my time at the art academy I tried a lot of different styles. I studied and copied different artists I did or did not at all have a feeling for. Until it was time to find out who Marieke was. So much has already been tried and made in this world so it’s hard to find a unique style. Pretty quick – read: after three years or so – I figured out that I like to work with language. I didn’t know yet what that meant fo my artwork. That’s why I studied different ways of using language in my work. I wrote long texts and made a lot of puns. But eventually I describe my style as: narration. I write with images. Even though I love to work with text and text is almost always the root of my work, it always ends up as an image. And this is why I call myself an illustrator. An illustration can be described as a visual explanation. This is how I tell my stories. In an image, an illustration instead of in text. My style – technique So I make illustrations. But even within illustrations, there are thousands of different styles. What is my style? Even though I love highly detailed and perfected artworks, it didn’t become my style. For those who know me with a couple cups of coffee down my throat: I like to draw as fast as I can talk. The longer I think about the lines, the concept or the story, the bigger the change that I won’t be happy with the end result. My way of working, my style, has a lot of velocity. In a couple of lines I put a sketch on paper. Or in my case, a sketch on my laptop. Then I can still be working for hours on finding the right colours. But I try to stay as true as possible to the first sketch. The making of a sketch shouldn’t take longer than 10 minutes. Depending on the size of the artwork, of course. The result of my style You can see a couple of drawings in my style on my website. The winter is coming and for me that means that there are fewer workshops. Because of that I have more time to start drawing again! In the coming months there are coming new artworks on the website. So you can study my style a little easier. Would you like to have a drawing in my style? Send me a message here! Would you like to get some tips in finding your own style? Send me a message as well! I would love to help you.