Thursday, May 22, 2008

Unfinished Business


This piece wouldn't cooperate. The shading wasn't right*. The details were off. The mood was wrong.
I fought it, reworked it, paint, undo, blur, paint, undo, etc.. By last night it'd been days since I last posted. Finish it! I told myself. Your blog's gonna go stale! Make something worth publishing.
I should know better. Once you start fighting a drawing (or anything creative,) you lose. (They should make a special keyboard for artists that sounds an alarm if "undo" is hit too much.)
Then it hit me. What's this "worth publishing" rule? Why not publish it unfinished?

*part of the problem was a custom brush (Painter 8, airbrush) variation that made a cool texture but was difficult to control. Click the picture to see the texture better.

7 comments:

stray g said...

Is it like terrycloth? Thanks for posting!

Sally said...

Broken pieces in namowal's gift store?

Namowal said...

Hi Stay,
The texture is more of a glittery deal- what you might find in so-tacky-it's-great Formica or vinyl.
Hi Sally,
You could call them that.
They were inspired by a cute owl shaped building from the 1930s. It looked liked one of these characters (but scarier) before it fell apart in the 1970s, after years of vandalism and neglect.

Sally said...

I know the building you mean, I think.

Namowal said...

You mean This
one?
I think there's a blurb about it at the Peterson Museum in the roadside section. Too bad there's not more online info about it.

Linda said...

(They should make a special keyboard for artists that sounds an alarm if "undo" is hit too much.)
Great idea!! I need this keyboard.

Namowal said...

Thanks, Linda.