Mother of Jeebus I’ve done a lot of crap work over the years. I was looking through some old files and found this piece of drek and thought I’d share it with you. Maybe it’s a way of saying, “See? We all improve eventually.” I can’t even count how many ways this thing is wrong. I don’t think it was done all that long ago either, maybe 7 or 8 years. It’s depressing to think about all the schmutz and the yuck I’ve perpetrated in my life as an artist, both as an illustrator and as a painter. This inspires me to go through all the crap work I’ve ever done and just toss it. It’ll take a while. I do think it is good to save a few pieces from the past to revisit now and again if for no other reason than to see that even though I (we) feel that I am (we are) spinning wheels with all the time at the easel, I (we) am (are) not. It’s a long slow journey to that next level and the level after that, but it really is about the journey. We are always in a state of arriving, even if we never really get there.
addendum Someone emailed and asked just exactly what was wrong with this thing, so here’s a list;
1) The darks are all the same, there;s no suggestion of distance
2) Way to busy, no editing. Too many rocks.
3) Repitition of shapes, a lot of the same sized notes especially in the rocks.
4) The tree and the rock shadow next to it are roughly the same size and shape.
5) No variety in the color. No warm cool interplay.
6) Too many angles and not enough curves.
7) It’s kinda hard to tell exactly what we are looking at.
8) Too dark overall and not enough light in the shadows.
9) Not sure what the hell that smiley face is doing there in lieu of the 8 but it’s kinda funny.