Lately, I find myself putting off making the next Drawger post because there often seems to be that next illustration I’m waiting for publication so that I can include it.
Well, I’m at the point where I have enough activity to talk about and share.
The story remains the same; great art direction, give and take and support, the usual insecurity going into the finish hoping to retain the spontaneity, the looseness and excitement of the sketches or, at the very least, as much of that feeling as possible.
Often, I wish I had just taken my sketches just a little more to completeness so I could just color over them and turn them into finishes.
But the truth is, what makes sketches so much fun and what gives them so much life is that lack of concern for the end result-that good looking finish.
The unresolved parts have a certain raw, naïve charm that only later become issues once the sheet is mounted on the board and the sharpened pencils, the pens and inks are laid out, the brushes and water are clean and the paints are freshly squeezed in the trays.
The reconsiderations start creeping into the work process, the second guessing, the addendums that could probably enhance the image but haven’t gotten the okay from art direction or editors.
Under those circumstances, I will frequently vote to make the addition, see if anyone notices and, more importantly, approves.
My batting average to date has been very good on those decisions, knock on wood.
It’s been the rare occasion where the response has been “Why did you do that?”