Yesterday my Steve came home from work and asked me how my day was going, I had spent most of the day working on this illustration and I was a little frustrated, it wasn't what I wanted but I wanted to finish, and then later as I was finishing up "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" he asked how that was going and I told him that really I didn't want my books filled with torture and rape and murder, but I was going to finish. He laughed at me for having all the options in the world but forcing myself to spend the day finishing things that I really wasn't enjoying. Now my book is done and I can read something with mountains and adventure again and this illo is done and I can say I've finished and maybe even learned something.
So this is what happens when I decide that I want to draw EVERYTHING. I just finished "Kon Tiki" by Thor Heyerdahl and I loved it. It filled my brain with images of swirling seas of minute glowing plankton, sea monsters, grand adventures, sharks and coral reefs. I just had a so much I wanted to draw and I tried to shove it all into one page. It taught me that even if I love everything that I will be happier if I'm more selective, maybe do several illos instead of just one, and it taught me that sometimes I need to give myself a little more room. Above me right now on a cork board is an 18 inch tall sketch of a beet waiting for it's project. Looking at it makes me think that if I need that much room for one beet maybe I should have given myself more than a foot to draw everything I tried to draw. AH WELL live and learn.
I had another idea in my head for Illustration Friday's word "Atmosphere" and I wanted to do that too, but I clearly ran out of week. Besides they took atmospheric readings on the Kon Tiki expedition all the time ;)