How do you know when you’re done? I started out with this abstract pattern, and I really like it. From a distance especially, I love how you can see either overlapping circles, or star shapes, or maybe diagonal crossing lines. The ambiguity is pleasing to me. But I was also curious to know what would happen if I kept going? Who’s to say when a piece is ever finished?
So I had to scan the “in progress” version, knowing that I would never know until I’d ruined it, whether it was truly done. Here’s the final version:
What do you think? It’s now more difficult to see those neat overlapping circles. I can’t complain about a bit of color either. I’m seeing flames, flowers, some other things. I am satisfied enough.
Here’s an oddity. I started drawing this one over a year ago, and abandoned it. I picked it up again some time last week. It’s taken me days and days to finish everything. I’m pleased with some elements, but there are also mistakes that I wasn’t able to integrate.
This unfinished epic drawing still sort of blows my mind (another late 2016). I undertook a very daunting 9 x 12 inch blank page and somehow just kept going with it for hours, and maybe days? I don’t quite remember. It was incredibly satisfying, but the more I added, the more scared I got that my next idea would suck, so eventually I had to quit while I was ahead. Still, I love this piece because in it I can see a lot of potential, the fact that my brain is indeed filled with ideas without end. And yes, some of them will suck.
While I do love this sprawling style, I’m going to focus on smaller pieces with a more coherent pattern for now, just for the sake of getting into a sustainable and productive rhythm and not burn myself out.