Hayao Miyazaki, on what attracted him to Howl’s Moving Castle
The Auteur of Anime by Margaret Talbot: “The New Yorker” (January 17th, 2005)
Hey I’m so sorry it took me forever to get back to you here- I wanted to take the time to actually answer and it sorta got away from me haha.
So something you said really stuck out to me, which is that you think I do fabric folds well. Without knowing it, I think you just struck on one of the most bizarre parts of this whole art lark: we think we suck at the things other people think we’re good at.
I constantly rue my folds, and am convinced that I’m bad at conceptualizing fabric volume. I think what happens is we fixate on this interest, and then we become hyper-aware of it. Every time someone does a drawing, I bet you study the clothing folds, right? Me too. Meanwhile someone who has no interest in drawing fabric wouldn’t even notice.
So basically, our bar is higher.
Here’s another part: this heightened interest is usually a good indicator of something you have the potential to be amazing at. The thing people compliment me most about is my composition, when internally, it’s the thing I feel I’m worst at. But my heightened awareness means I spend a lot of time thinking about and practicing it, so that even though I’m not measuring up to where I think I ought to be, that’s only because my bar is constantly being raised.
This is sounding pretty downery, but I actually think this is a really cool and good phenomenon. Our art priorities sort themselves out. Yours already are- I can see by your blog that you are really into fashion! Bam! Of COURSE you’re interested in rendering of fabric folds! But I bet you’re already actually ahead of your peers there, and you just don’t know it.
Keep following your interests. That’s all it takes to grow, and that’s all it takes to “come into your own art style.” I 100% promise.