Avoid Stylistic Appropriation at the Expense of Learning How to Draw

In Bertrand Tavenier’s iconic film Round Midnight, (1986) the films main character Dale Turner, played by the great Saxophonist Dexter Gordon, says these very wise words at one point in the film while speaking about the development of a musician:

"You just don't go out and pick a style off a tree one day - the tree is inside you, growing naturally".

The same applies to visual artists as well. For now, we’re going to let these wise words about style, where it comes from and how it grows, just linger on the page here.

Food for thought that we’ll address in upcoming posts.

Suffice it to say, there’s an awful lot of ‘picking a style off of someone else’s tree’ that goes on when it comes to the making of animation school portfolios these days…and we’ll revisit why we think this is, and what we do at APW to foster the opposite approach to senseless ‘stylistic appropriation’.

- Gerard Sternik, AOCA - Animation Portfolio Workshop

Image: APW Grad Irmak Karasinir / Sketchbook Page 2019