I wasn’t born with a pencil in my hand, but I did grow one as a tail by the age of five. My parents had it surgically removed and kept it in a jar until I was old enough to use it. And when I did, out came my own personal illustration style!
Oh how I wish all of the above was true. But no, I never had a pencil for a tail and certainly not one that came with a personal illustration style. Developing my style was a long journey of blood, sweat, tears and art college. It was a creative quest of trial and error and unfortunately there is no recipe I can share to cook up an illustration style of your own. I can, however, share what worked for me: I stayed very true to myself and to what I thought I could do best and really didn’t care much about what others would say (to the annoyance of some art college teachers, haha). Some tips from me: Take time to experiment and find what techniques, materials and tools fit you. Take a few detours and then return to what you liked best. Then practice, practice, practice until you feel like you’ve made it your own. Then send your work out into the world even if it doesn’t feel finished because let me share a secret: it will never feel like it is. Be bold and brave and don’t be afraid people won’t like it: as long as it makes you happy it will radiate that and attract people who love your work too.