Leap Into the Unknown

Sooner or later, we all reach this cross road…

A decision we have to make that will take us out of the comfort and security we know and love into the unknown world of uncertainty.

It’s a risk verses reward scenario…

If you’re happy where you are and don’t want to change that’s fine but… If your not… If you feel your not where you want to be then you have consider your options…

The picture is a little exaggerated but the concept is the same… A step in the unknown is as daunting as a leap but, if you make the decision to do it congratulations.

Half the battle has already been won…

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DAY 11

Usually it’s around this point when cracks start showing… 

The motivation isn’t as strong as it was, ideas dont come as easily, excuses are readily available for putting it off till later… 
All thoughts and feelings I went through as I sat down to work on today’s piece but instead of acting on these impulses I decided to let them be the motivation to push me onwards… 

Could I use any thing from the days before? Yes… 

Looking back at the last ten days was like my own personal story and it’s far from over… The choices we make influence the path we walk. Some days we won’t feel like running and may even stop to take a break or rest but the continuous push forward is what keeps the story going… 
This applies to art as much as it does to life… 
Never stop writing your story… 

DAY 8

Last week was the warm up…. Day 8 is here….

Feels like the right time to take it up a notch… Can’t commit this much time into all the submissions but I had to try and push my self…. 

Wanted to try something a little dynamic for the 8th day ‘Crooked’. Was supposed to be just the teeth initially but, like most things creative… Things evolved quickly…

As soon as the inks start to go down I had a feeling I’d be committed to making this special. Working on one part at a time laying down the base lines was the plan of action… 

It was finished… But… I wanted to give it something extra… It could go further than what I had created.  One thing with the month of inktober is that you are constantly (if your looking) at others artists work every day. 

It’s the perfect time to challenge your self and push your limits… So that’s what I did.

 Taking the “finished” image I scanned it into my computer and ventured into the unknown…

I tried a few different thing before I was happy but on this occasion, less was more… Added a darker background to make the main character stand out more. 

No other effects or tricks. Wanted it as close to the hand drawn source as possible…

That’s where the story ends…. Well done if you’ve made it this far!

All I want to say is this… 

“Test your limits… Failure is just a lesson learned” 

Keep creative!!! 

DAY 6

Trying to push my self a little more each day. Taking my creative eye and looking at things differently is the way  trying to take on these daily challenges. 

Some times I may not have as much time as I’d like but something is always better than nothing… 

Day 6 of my inktober challenge…

Should I Destroy My Old Art?

The time has arrived once again.

Like most artists I found myself looking back through some old boxes of  art I have worked on over the years reflecting on the creative journey I have taken. While adding my current batch to the 2017 pile, I decided to scrutinise every piece from a past and present perspective and the strangest thing occurred to me.

Out of all the work, the hundreds of A5 and A4 pages, I felt the same way then that I do now.

“Let me explain”

The pieces that I thought went well, still look as good then as they do now. On the flip side, the pieces that were failed then are still a failure now and eye sore to look at. The difference between then and now is my attitude towards how I approach a piece of art.

When I was, lets just say “Younger” if I started a piece of art I would be committed to finishing it, no matter how bad I felt it was going to turn out. Usually, I was right too.

I’d invest several hours of penciling and inking, pull back and after one look know I had wasted my time. “We have all been here”

These days, I try to work a little smarter and make sure that the concept is as solid as the execution. Good planning goes a long way and I learned this the hard way.

So here I was, going through all these works and I found my self creating a pile that held sentimental value and a pile that I always knew were failures from 9 years ago to 9 days ago. I had to get rid of this burden so started tearing them up, unsure if I was making the right decision at the time, 15 minutes later it was done.

Artistic Junk Pile

After looking at the pile for a solid 10 minutes, I decided to put all these failed pieces to good use in the only way I knew (See above)

Many people choose to keep every single piece of work they ever create, both digital and traditional but I couldn’t so the same. Some times looking back at piles failed work can subconsciously make you take steps backwards.” This was the case with me anyway”

I wouldn’t advise anyone do the same as I did but I thought I should share my experience all the same as it’s a cross-road all artists cross at some point.

I suppose scanning  your work could also be an option that covers both choices to keep & destroy.

I’ll leave that decision up to you…

The Few That Survived

These are the ones that made it through by the way!