At long last: the full-color version of the “Whispering Wall” piece sees the digital light of day.
Distance may or may not make the heart grow fonder, but it often clears the mind. But sometimes gaining this perspective is a luxury.
I’ve set up a lot of situations where I’m forced to produce a finished piece in a very short amount of time, which often means there’s little time to “set the work on the shelf” and take a break from it. The model sessions are two hours, period. Illustration Friday offers one week to take a theme from concept to completion – and it’s nice to post it prior to the last day. Rush, rush. And so it goes.
The benefits of these deadlines – and the reason I gravitate toward them – is that it forces an artist to a) complete a project and b) not over-think things.
However, a lot is gained when you have the time to walk away from a work-in-progress. It’s best if you can actually wait long enough that you almost forget what you were doing in the first place. A lot of the emotion that was wrapped in the moment of creation falls away in the meantime. When you do see the art again after a break, you’ll be better to see where things don’t work as well as you thought. And just as likely, you can appreciate what IS working without all the frustrations that you experienced in the prior working session.
That’s what happened here. Looking at this piece weeks later, the colors appear more vibrant than I had thought at the time. They’re not very inventive – just pinks for skin tone, and some fairly straightforward highlights and shadows – but they work.
So let me know which version you like best. Did I choose the right one to publish on I.F.? If not, it’s hardly the end of the world. Looking at them both now, I’d say it’s a coin-toss to pick a favorite.
What have been *your* experiences with gaining perspective after taking a break from something?