illustration is art

Don’t Make Me Hurt You

Don't Make Me Hurt You

I think I will leave Ally like this for a while, perhaps for ever. I have put a ridiculous amount of work into this painting and it doesn’t seem to go anywhere. I’ve hung her on the wall and will see if I feel like doing any further work on her after I’ve stared at her for a while (and she has regarded me back). I love her as far as her expression goes, but just don’t seem to be able to finish her!


5 responses

  1. You may very well find that if you put it away for a few weeks, months, or even years–one day you will come upon it and view it as perfect. Distance has a way of doing that! Conversely, I sometimes find that after putting something away for a time, when I find it again the solution immediately pops out at me. Play the waiting game and let us know what happens…

    June 3, 2013 at 4:09 am

    • My experience is the same! Even with this, I’ve looked at it the next day and thought ‘this is great, what’s the problem?’ but within minutes I’ve been thinking ‘this still needs work’. Just looking at this post (the photo) I’ve seen stuff I need to clean up! I’ve become too close to it, as in the forest for the tree’s close, so need a break. I don’t dislike it by any means, and it’s been a good learning curve, so all is well. Thanks for taking the time to give your thoughtful feedback (:

      June 3, 2013 at 4:16 am

      • I definitely got the feeling you were too close to it. Happens to me all the time. Rest is a good thing πŸ™‚

        June 3, 2013 at 4:19 am

  2. Wow Chris, she is looking Stunning!! I agree with Alli, I think most artists have to just stare at their creations for awhile. I personally never feel like my piece’s are ‘finished’, eventually I just accept that and move onto the next. My humble opinion…you have done an amazing job, her expression is incredible. πŸ™‚

    June 3, 2013 at 7:13 am

    • Cheers, Cari-Ann… like I say, I am totally not unhappy with her. As I told Alli, I can already see some stuff that needs work… just need to step away for awhile. I actually quite like the very subtle shading and general washed-outness, I just don’t quite feel I’ve gotten a good enough balance between subtle and solid. Thanks for the feedback (:

      June 3, 2013 at 7:21 am

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