I've been wanting to do something like this for a little while after seeing a few examples in the featured page on DA. I think the one that really got me started was this one [link]
Most templates I could find seemed to focus only on a specific category of styles (for instance cartoon) and I wanted to try a few different things instead so I made my own. Behold the 14 styles challenge (because drawing in my own style hardly qualifies as a challenge)
Funny story, I originally drew the creepiest chibi Sphongmo you'll ever find anywhere so I decided to drop that style altogether from the page. This conveniently gave me the empty slot I needed to fit in a Sphongmo done in the style of
, whom I'm a big fan of.
Now, the great thing about a style challenge is that you get to think differently, if only for a small drawing, and try to understand how each artist is thinking about their work and what is important to them. This is a very liberating experience especially when dealing with styles very different from the one you usually try. I am looking forward to tackling this type of thing again.
From left to right and top to bottom:
* Normal: the style you may be most used to if you've been following the adventures of Commander Sphongmo Shepard.
* One Piece: probably my favorite manga ever, with Dragon Ball as a close second (both are very close to my heart)
* Marvel: I originally was shooting for a more extreme use of dark lines to go with more recent/edgier comics. I ended up reverting to a more classic Marvel look.
* Samurai Jack: funny but I never realized that Samurai Jack doesn't have any black outline.
* Dr Seuss: not as much a Sphongmo Shepard in Dr Seuss style as a Dr Seuss character cosplaying as Sphongmo, but I'll take it.
* Muppet: I would have liked to go with real fur muppet but I got lazy and settled on cartoon muppet instead
* Calvin and Hobbes: I discovered the Calvin and Hobbes comics just recently and have fallen in love with them. And yes, this is pretty much just Calvin with a moustache.
* Simpsons: so simple, yet iconic.
* Naruto: Uh, that didn't turn out as well as I'd thought. You'd think I would be more familiar with the style of Masashi Kishimoto. Oh well, creepy old Sphongmo it is.
* Venture Bros: this one was in the original template and seemed like a good example of the US cartoon style from Scooby Doo and the likes so I stuck with it.
: one of my favorite artists on DA. This style is very simple and yet looks absolutely awesome. Go check out his gallery to see how one can create fantastic illustrations with a few simple lines and a limited palette. I can't wait to go back to France for vacation to pick up some of his comics.
* Picasso: I figured, what the heck, if I'm going to try something different I might as well go as far as I can. Now I think it's pretty clear that I don't understand the style of Pablo Picasso, but that was surprisingly fun to paint. By letting go of the expected shapes and colors, I was able to go with a lot more intuitive inspiration. Very refreshing.
* Dali: I did not want to go with a realist piece because I STINK at realism and I wanted to keep things short time-wise. Dali offered a nice alternative with a blend of realism and sheer craziness. I need to work more on my realistic painting some day.
: found this style while I was looking up reference images for some other style. I liked the fact that this style was very dynamic and fairly different from my own. I thought I'd give it a shot. It was fun to draw with such bold lines and curves.
: I don't think I did the artist justice with this illustration (and I even went as far as using his tutorial to help me along). Not the first time I try to emulate this style, and considering I'm not too happy with the end result, probably not the last time either.
Oh, and I apologize for butchering the styles of all the talented artists above. I promise I will do better next time