Well, I'm back from my 6 week (which turned to 8 1/2 week) break. The break from artwork was so that I could complete a total declutter of my house as laid out by the "Japanese Art of Tidying Up" book. (The KonMari Method). So that went well and the house is in better order now. We have been in our house for 10 years now and this was long overdue. I have never been good at letting go of 'stuff'. I just let go of over 10 garbage bags full of stuff out of my house. This has got to be good for our home and family. We already are enjoying being able to find things more easily. The KonMari book has great advice on how to store items efficiently which has helped too.
But back to art.. that is what this week is about for me... getting back to art. One unfortunate( or maybe fortunate..time will tell) byproduct of this break was that I came back to my work with a fresh eye toward my work.. and didn't like what I saw. I felt a change was needed. I was literally repulsed by my own stuff. Before this I was focused on all the progress I had been making, but honestly in the back of my mind I was always trying to solve the problem of my style and technique. I have been tweaking it as I go along for quite a while now but still am not pleased. Because of this discontent I felt a need to take a drastic jump to something different. The above image is the first one of this new type that I have made. I feel like this might be a long term change, but in the next few weeks I will be deciding if that is needed or if I am making a mistake.
If it isn't immediately clear what the difference is.. I will explain. (to be continued)
Thanks for stopping by. I'm a published illustrator working on getting better every day. My goal for my work is for it to be charming, bright and endearing. I share my ongoing work progress online because I welcome all the encouragement and feedback I can get as I try to improve my skills. I currently have a children's book project that I am nearing the end of.