A long long long overdue post. That slump I mentioned awhile back? Basically, it hit me...like a truck. Then backed up to finish the job. I don't think I've EVER wasted so much time. I guess the time wasn't a complete waste, I spent a lot of time thinking and planning for things art and otherwise, but when it's all in your head or on scraps of paper.. there really isn't much to show for it. Anyway, I've been working on this image for awhile now, mostly because I haven't had time for it, or just wasn't happy with it. It's had maybe 5 stages.
The first of the images... I just didn't feel like I was pushing myself, and I guess I was tired with whatever it was I was trying to say during my senior thesis, and using this "visual language". I had fun drawing and inking this, but during the time I was going through a move to another state, had some life troubles, blah blah ...I lost interest in the piece. I still wanted to work with the concept though, so one night I redrew some compositions for the piece.
I settled on the last image even though I wasn't a 100% happy with it, but I was desperate to start drawing something new. About this time I was coming down pretty hard on myself, I felt uncreative, uninspired, unmotivated... All the good stuff! The imagery was boring for me, I needed something fresh! BUT again I decided to stick with it. I spent the next hour or so trying to pencil this concept into something I'd be happy to take to final.
I think I failed. At the end of this I was so bored with the idea, I ended up setting it aside. There was just too much going on in the piece..too many elements thrown in unnecessarily. It reminded me of a montage, or collage without a meaning that was trying reeeealy hard to have one. Eventually I remembered one of my teachers once giving me the "Less is More" speech, so I tossed this drawing and tried to narrow in on a concept. (By toss I mean set aside into the pile of drawings in my corner that no one should ever see....). I had fun drawing the beasts and the plantlife, and decided to again exclude any human representation and allowed myself to let my lines "breathe".
So in the end, I did draw some more ethereal-smoke-like-hair fire- forms, animal life, and some of the abstraction I enjoy creating. I revisited the visual elements I thought I was tired of, but it turns out it was the compositions I was getting tired of seeing. This probably isn't my most successful piece, but it feels good to resolve something like this, and essentially put an "end" to my senior thesis project.