One thing that's really fun about dedicating all this time to projects that I've been thinking about for a while is that some are stemming from half-finished projects that I did a number of years ago. If you've been following me for a bit, you've probably seen the first drawing above along with a number of other mythological creature drawings I've shared. I had always wanted to do an A-Z of mythological creatures and I'm finally completing that this and next month. The funny thing is now that I've taken about a 5 year break from the original drawings, I'm almost embarrassed about how I thought they were finished, or honestly even good. I've just learned so much about the importance of sketching, taking my time, and really considering creative problems that arise when executing an idea. So I thought I'd share a 'first stage' before and after and later, I'll finish a 'second stage' before and after.
As I said, the first drawing is one that at the time, I felt was finished, polished, and great (???!!!). The second drawing is my basic line drawing that is the starting ground for my finished piece. Quick process: I took the small original drawing, scanned it and blew it up to a 9 x 12 image and printed it out. I then took my paper that I'm creating the finished piece on, placed it over my black and white print out of the original drawing and lightly traced the blown-up version. Then I went to fixing and cleaning up the sketch to the new version you see above. I was kind of amazed at how messy the original one was and how I definitely took a quick approach to finishing my idea. Getting the new line drawing right probably took more time than the original. I've found there's a reason that I never really did anything with those first pieces--there just was something not right. It just goes to show that if you have a great idea, it's okay to sit on it, sketch it out, re-do it, etc., until you feel like what's in your head has really materialized. If you have the time, take it.
I'll be finishing these drawings in charcoal/conte crayon, so the second drawing will look quite different once completed, for me the hard part is the basic framework. Now that it's done, I get to do the fun messy part.