Today I submit my second draft of sketches for my Secret Garden Series. I love working large, which is quite an investment of time and resources, so with this project, I have slowed down to take the time to really have a strong idea of a layout before I go big. Below is a comparison. The painted images were my first attempt and their size is 8″ x 10″. My second attempts are the sketches to the left. Here I have begun to make changes to the initial ideas. The ones to the left are slightly smaller. They are 5″x7″ inches.
As you can see, I only kept two images rather the same. That means I am happy with most of these images. The other 6 sketches not so much. They now have different backgrounds and animals switched from one sketch to the next. I am currently painting these 5×7 sketches and as I do, I am synthesizing and already coming up with changes to the next concepts. I shall finish them up and then share my findings.
Here are the last two initial Secret Garden studies.
These two allowed me to work out some ideas, but ultimately, they did not make the cut. In my latest sketches, the peacock got a really cool building behind it and the squirrel got paired with a rooster in a completely different scenario.
Ultimately, I keep asking the question, would I hang this on my own wall? Then I go about answering it. Apparently I am more of an illustrator than traditional art maker . Over and over again I find myself feeling the pictures are not complete because the don’t tell enough of a story. When I get to my final renderings, I want the viewer to have to look around and wonder. That will be when they feel right to me.
As I am finishing up the new sketches, I am answering my own questions. These initial ideas were a wonderful stepping stone to get me to some stronger compositions.
I’ll share my new sketches tomorrow!
8 x 10″ watercolor study.
Here is a great example of how an image evolves if you continue to draw and sketch it. Below is my first drawing:
After drawing this initial study, I felt like I wanted a more tight/ close-up composition.
Recently, I just started my third attempt at this concept which is already completely different. I chose a different building facade, a different cat laying in a different position and different flowers. If something has never existed before, you need to look at it in many different ways to finally know what it is you want. It’s like an architect. They have to be able to visualize an arch, dome, cube and cone attached in all sorts of ways, well before they break ground on a building. However, they get to use computers. I’m using a fairly archaic mind ;)
Overall, I like the subject matter. So the concept will go forward. I may add fabric into the layout as well as symbols and secrets.
continuing on …