So I am trying, really I am, to let go of my bias toward skilled drawing and let it live a little. I'm not there yet. This kind of drawing is fun for me but I am not convinced that I couldn't get a little closer to that balance that would make my art unique but leaves enough unsaid that the viewer can fill in their own details.
Friday, January 08, 2010
I'm having a hard time figuring out where I want to go with my drawing. I've always valued a skilled drawing in my own work and am drawn to it in other's. Not that I don't respect it, but a naive or super cartoony style just isn't something that blows my skirt up. Especially for children's work, the viewer needs to be able to identify with the characters. I think having characters that are too realistic creates a barrier that prevents the reader from truly engaging in the story. The goal is not to have the artist intrude on the relationship between the story and the reader, nor to have the characters become so individual that the reader can't occupy the story.