Saturday, August 31, 2013

Words of Wisdom: Jon Whitcomb on Style

"You don't develop a style.  A style descends upon you.  After thousands of attempts to do something, a style evolves.  It isn't something you develop.  You don'y have any volition in the matter.  To take another example, after you play the piano for a while you develop a style that both your friends and your enemies can recognize.

If you do anything consistently you develop a kind of originality, but you aren't conscious of originality when you first start playing piano or drawing pictures.  People gradually acquire a style, an individual way of working.  Of course, being too original can be a disadvantage.  Clients associate a certain style with you and are reluctant to let you try something else."

Defining Beauty:  Jon Whitcomb – Beauty in Non-Symmetry

Zimmer, Daniel, "The Glamorous World of Jon Whitcomb," Illustration Magazine, Issue #38, Summer 2012, (The Illustrated Press, St. Louis), p. 27.

Subscribe to Illustration Magazine at

1 comment:

Eric Bowman said...

Not only can an ultra original style pigeon hole you in clients eyes where they are reluctant to accept something different from you, but it can also tie you to an era you can never escape (like Leyendecker)