Thursday, March 13, 2014
Personal work? Maybe.
One of my biggest fears in pursuing a professional art career was that it would suck the fun out of drawing. Thankfully, this hasn't happened. However, I have found that it's more difficult to create personal work.
Before starting a personal piece, I get stuck on a dozen questions. Is this too similar to something in my portfolio already? Is this filling any gaps in my portfolio? Is this something I would like to draw again? Would this fit on a promotional postcard? Is it dynamic enough? Is it dramatic enough? Is it too comfortable? Should I make it a wraparound? Should I do something fun or take on a new challenge?
As a result, I've found it difficult to start - and finish - personal work lately. When I'm left to my own devices, totally free to draw whatever I want, nothing seems fresh or original enough.
The drawing above is an unfinished personal piece I can't decide whether to complete. I definitely gave myself a huge challenge here: horse, a ton of birds, morning light, and - my archnemesis - buildings. I guess I'm not making things easier on myself, am I?