So if you follow my updates you know that I signed up for Lilla Roger's 2014 Global Talent Search and today was the deadline for Round 1! The theme? Little Terrarium. I sketched in my sketchbook, I sketched in illustrator and even in photoshop. At first I was trying too hard to create something that was not my 'style' and I got stuck. Really stuck. And I didn't like where it was going. It didn't feel natural. But I kept playing around with different mediums and concepts until it hit me. And I was really happy with it.
Sure, I could have played around and added and taken away and layered and edited until the cows came home...but I wanted it to feel done, not overdone. So I followed my joy and my excitement and went with my gut. It was a long process getting from sketch to finished art. I was careful not to spend too much time looking at illustrated anything. I didn't want to be subconsciously influenced by anyone or anything that I saw. I stuck to real photographs and ideas, words, definitions. I made a list of things that the word terrarium conjured up for me and I imagined what kind of terrarium I would make for myself. You can see my progression in my sketches.
This was the sketch I did that finally made the lightbulb go off. It was like lightning struck and knew exactly what I was going to do. Don't you love when that happens? It takes a lot of playing and thinking and exploring sometimes but it's so worth it!
And here is the final submitted piece. I love how it turned out!
I tried really hard not to compare myself to anyone, to get down on myself or doubt myself or my skills and I just went with it. It's so freeing. Artists tend to be very self-critical, don't we? We just love beating ourselves up and comparing ourselves and our progress to others'. Word of advice? DON'T DO THAT! Keep telling yourself that you are an artist and you know instinctively what to do and how to do it. Have faith in your ability and have fun with the art making process. It's supposed to be FUN after all, isn't it? =)
Until next time!