Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Illustration Friday: Soar
The first thing that popped into my head was soaring without a care in the world like a bird, feeling the wind on my face. The image I had in my mind was more complicated. I wanted to strap on da Vinci type wings and throw an old fashion pilot's helmet and goggles on her head. I envisioned a collage using tissue paper as wings. I've recently found that when I "force" the art in my onto paper it loses some life.
I sat down and sketched my vision that I would translate using pen and watercolor - watercolors give me the "movement" that I wanted to convey. The wings made her look like a vampire so I nixed them. I liked her upturned face to embrace the movement of air across her skin: helmet/goggles would obscure that expression.
This is my original pen sketch. I feel that the final version is missing some of the movement and freedom that this sketch has. I don't know how I lost it. Because I only had "one try" in me, I was distracted by our new puppy running around in my attic studio. Unlike Penny as a puppy, Maggie likes to chew on anything that comes in contact with her mouth. A dangerous thing in my mess of an attic! Or I'm just making excuses and already letting my inner critic make it's debut into the new year. Whatever the reason, I still feel that the final version is truer to "soar" than the one in my head. I tend to go for complex, when a more "edited" version better conveys what I want to express.