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The (Almost) Foolproof Guide to Emulating David Hockney's Art Style

Finding inspiration for a new project or piece can be a task, but gaining inspiration from another artist might allow you to take a step ahead.

Painting by David Hockney.

Artists commonly gain inspiration to create their art style from other artists, and David Hockney is no newbie to that. The famous Van Gogh was his source of main inspiration, and you can see the reflection of his style in David Hockney's art pieces. My goal was to study the characteristics of his art and try to make my art imitate his, which I hope I reached. Colours were taken into deep consideration in this piece, so I think I at least made it comparable to his colour choice.

Intense, bold colours are what makes David Hockney stand out from others, as well as his textural use of dots and other assortments of lines. His artwork gives a cheery and confident vibe, allowing even the dullest scenes to appear to have life. Abstract elements in his art are common, as well as flat and matte shapes. Use large, confident strokes to create the base for the details and lines you want to add in. I kept in mind to include lines that correlate with the texture of the rocks and trees in my drawing of Wistmans.

The artists he was inspired by might be a foothold if you want to emulate his style. Elements of Van Gogh and more can be found in his pieces, as he has been inspired by these artists since he was a boy. All of the characteristics in his art explains why he is such a memorable artist, considered the most influential British artist of the 20th century.

He uses a variety of art materials and has experimented with many mediums as well. Gouache, acrylics, oil paints, watercolour, photo collage, and tablets are some of the many mediums he has used. He usually paints scenery, as he thinks it's the most interesting thing to paint. Portraits can also be featured in his many galleries. Experiment with different mediums to create scenes, portraits and more.

Perspective and the art ''rules'' don't matter to him, he simply goes with the flow. Trees are described by him as perspectiveless, as they are so intricate that perspective doesn't apply to them. When shading nature, he sees many colours even in a grey road, such as his painting of ''Woldgates''. There were many blues and purples in the shadows, and they were bright as well. When making an art piece, you should take advantage of the bright colours you have and try to see the colours even in the dullest scenes. Nature scenes is a great reference for the texture and colourful scenes you want to achieve.

David Hockney is an excellent source of inspiration, especially if you are feeling stuck on a piece. His art is worth researching and analyzing, as are his inspirations. Thank you for joining me today to appreciate his genius creations in detail.

Painting of the mountains by David Hockney

Hockney's famous ''Two Figures By A Pool''

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