What is visual voice?
In a nutshell: it is my individual expression that people see in my art. Some artists find their visual voice early on in their life; some take years to mold and grow. I am in the later category. I know what I like, I know what I want, but getting it to work the way I want and like—well, I am still not there.
Of course, most artists don’t feel that they have reached their zenith either. However, many, at least, have found their voices and are able to continue to hone said voice. Unfortunately, and somewhat fortunately, I haven’t.
This shows up clearly, in my series, The Adventures of Tomy and Jon, the illustrations change a bit even within the first issue. From issue to issue it will as well. Issue two is being developed and it’s quite different in illustration style. The characters will be somewhat similar in appearance, but they, like my style, are in flux.
It isn’t that I don’t want consistency, I do, but I haven’t figured my visual voice out yet.
It bothers me. But, it also doesn’t.
Because, until my skill matches my mind’s eye I am going to be in this dilemma. The best thing I can do is just keep pushing myself and find satisfaction and discontent with my current abilities. Satisfaction, because I am trying to produce good work and I am doing my best with the time and ability I have allotted. Discontent, because I want to grow and get better.
The best thing I can do is push myself, yes, even in public-eye, to be better and grow my abilities. The best thing I can do is work to find my voice and share the tales I have to tell—because this is why I was created.