06-20-2012, 11:18 AM
Which technique you use is not important, and thinking about it only get's in the way of your progress. As you said yourself, everyone has a different technique, and they all work.
Intimate knowledge of the subject your drawing/painting/sculpting is all that matters.
People who have that knowledge can use any technique to get to the same place. I think people tend to fall back to using one main technique because of habit, and because once you get a specific technique down it makes you more comfortable and efficient.
I think it's a natural error for students to think that if they can just nail a certain technique that they've seen some other great artist using, they will suddenly be a master too.
So forget technique, concentrate on acquiring knowledge about art and the subjects you might depict, and the technique will take care of itself.