Here is a quote from “Art and Fear” by David Bayles & Ted Orland: “Between the initial idea and the finished piece lies a gulf we can see across, but never fully chart.” That is the exciting thing about art, going into the uncharted. You’re not really sure where you will end up.
I took a work shop from Sue Martin entitled “Iterations”. We took one subject matter and painted it different ways. It stretched our creativity, challenged our thought process and got us thinking about just exactly how do we want to create our art. She told us to be will ing to try something else. “What if…..?”
It is the same way with illustration. The first idea that pops into your mind might not be the best so if we spend a bit of time playing in our sketch book and really putting ourselves into the illustration we are creating, walk around in it, and think about the participants, we can come up with a more exciting illustration, an illustration that really says what we want it to say.
Here are three drawings of the same subject by two of my grandkids and myself. It is so fun to see how all three of us looked at the same picture and came up with entirely different drawing. So take joy in your ability no matter where it is at. Take a little play time with our pencil, pens and sketch books. Start thinking like that second grader buried deep inside you and take joy in the creating.