What to do when you change faster than your art?
This might seem as a strange question but it’s one that’s been bothering for a while.
I have evolved a lot as a person in past few months but my illustration style remained the same. I feel like I’ve become a different person (due to some changes in my personal life and things I’ve learned) yet I’m still forcing myself to draw the same way as I did before which doesn’t reflect who I am anymore making me feel restless and unsatisfied with my work.
I’ve always been very keen on personal development and had a deep inner need to challenge myself, to learn and transform parts of me that I felt uncomfortable with and that process naturally reflected on my art as well. In last seven years I worked in many different mediums (video, film , photography, classical painting, collage, just to name the few) and I also tried out various styles and explored many ideas. One can say I haven’t been consistent (except in my need for change hehe).
Although I always admired artists who have a very clear artistic vision and a consistent, clearly defined style and I tried to accomplish the same my inner urge to experiment has always pushed me to try different, new things and somehow I could never settle down and find my own “artistic niche”.
In terms of personal development, change , growth and transforming oneself is certainly desirable but I was wondering:
Can one be a successful artist without having a consistent style and a clear artistic vision?
Can a person keep on evolving both personally and artistically but still remain true to his artistic vision within the frames of one, clearly definable style?
These are the questions I hope to answer soon because I’d like to find a way to satisfy my personal need for development and change but without having to drastically change my artistic style as well :)