Here we go again.
Yes, dear readers, I am once again working on The Horses. (Sorry, I was going to link, but I’ve been working on them for so long, the original sketches are gone, along with my old blog.)
stupid silly things have gone through one revision after another for years now. The original plan of finishing them as a series of prints has finally been abandoned. As I progressed from one horse to the next, I saw my drawing style changing too much. So much so that it became clear that they just would not make a cohesive collection. I became more and more unhappy with the format I had chosen as well: the archways and backgrounds competed with the horses themselves.
But, being the stubborn person I am (must be a Taurus thing), and refusing to
be reasonable and relegate them after so much effort to the “Aggravating, Embarrassing, Infuriating, Probably-never-to-be-finished Drawing Folder” (Yes, I’ve got one, and it’s really thick.), I have opted to persevere. Again. But this time with a different attitude.
My inability to finish the series had transitioned from just frustrating to more like… demoralizing. Every approach I tried just didn’t work. You should see how many aborted attempts in the aforementioned Folder have to do with this project! I tried so many things that I kept the rejects to remind myself what didn’t work.
Why all the angst? Why not just forget about them and move on? I tried. I guess it’s because I had invested *so* much time and effort that I couldn’t.
I decided, finally, that it doesn’t matter to me whether or not I really like the finished drawings that much, but rather that I stop driving myself nuts trying to find that elusive solution, and JUST. FINISH. THEM.!
So, I am approaching them this time as if they are an Assignment: Create a group of 4 smaller seasonal carousel horse drawings (with some sort of border) in pen and ink with tinting. Due date: February 28.
Am I disappointed that I had to settle for a different (and far less artistically satisfying) way to finish the series? Sure. But I’ll live. 😉
One thing I learned from earlier attempts is that I *MUST* work on all 4 at once to keep the style consistent. Progress thus far:
Are they predictable, uninspired, and formulaic? Oh yeah. Snoozapalooza. You betcha. But. They WILL be finished this time.