Oh Style! the greatest question in an artist life (maybe)
I am part of that group of people that says you gotta look for other things and style will come on it’s own. If you force it, it won’t really…work. Style depends on what you do with your art what you like in it and how it helps its final purpose. And that is a thing that overall, takes time and practice.
Style is just a bunch of art shortcuts.
You do a lot of something until you discover a way to make it easier for yourself and that still works with what you like. A style is supposed to feel comfortable.
It is when you stop thinking about style and start thinking on how to make, idk, that the line you like looks good with the thing you are doing.
You can study some other artist shortcuts and check if it works with what you are doing more than force them into what you are doing. And the moment you adapt it as your own because it helps your own process that detail is now part of your style. Most artist get to their signature style by having to meet deadlines and using what they find easier to do, to do their job.
My tip is that if you like something a for your style, you try using it a lot and try being really perceptive if it is really working or not. Just look at it and be objective and completely sincere with yourself, and if it ain’t working, it ain’t working. It happens. You can also be stubborn and work harder to make it work. and change everything else so you like how your art is going.
ALSO, divide the style (any style) in parts: Composition, outline, colour palette…even something specific like an eye shape. Anything. so you are able to change that specific thing or you are able to identify it on other’s art.
The thing with style is that it is ever changing...and that is perfectly alright. You evolve as a person and you find other interests and it influence what you do all the time. You can even have various styles and mix them.
Hope I am being clear and if you have any other question, I am here to help :>
Sometimes I get questions in my art blog about studying animation and being a storyboard artist.