Weekend Planning

Boonka planner
I’m dedicating most of my “free” time to the book cover these days, and I don’t feel comfortable posting anything book related before it’s officially approved and finished. I might make a post about the process afterwards, but in the meantime, here’s Boonka helping me make some weekend plans.
I’ll be visiting my mother this weekend, so that I can take advantage of her baby-sitting powers while shooting more videos with that friend from the other post. So far, she said the stuff we filmed earlier looks good, but we’re going to try a different mic set-up (as in, actually using a microphone instead of her phone this time). I’m also hoping my mom might help me create the pattern for the coat, so that the assembled construction will look the way I need it to, which is why Boonka will be travelling with us. Hope she doesn’t get bus sick,Β  because that will not make for a pleasant atmosphere in my backpack at all.

I’ve been thinking a lot about the way I feel about my drawings and other things that I make. You know, having confidence in yourself and your art and whatnot, and presenting it to others. I still haven’t quite formed these thoughts into coherent sentences just yet, and I’m hoping that hanging out with A. this weekend might clear some of those up for me. How do you guys feel about posting your creations online? Does it matter who you show things to? Do you look for feedback or prefer to not have your finished art criticized, since you don’t intend to alter it?

7 thoughts on “Weekend Planning

  • Sweet more videos!
    Excited to see the second installment of the Boonka creation series.

    Your question is something I’ve often thought about, it’s weird in a way. Posting something for anyone to see and form an opinion on. There are definitely pros and cons that come with it, but I feel the pros far outweigh the cons.

    Ultimately, I feel I do my best work when I’m just creating for myself and I’m not thinking about all that, but being able to see how so many different people react to your work can be really helpful. Seeing how they interpret your ideas can inform you in ways you hadn’t really thought of before and can help you grow as an artist for sure.

    Just remember in the end, the majority of what people say and feel is totally subjective and you have to be focused on what you’re wanting to accomplish with your work and use any feedback you get to further those goals/objectives.

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    • So far I find that one of my biggest problems is finishing a piece. I don’t think anything I’ve posted in this blog so far is actually “finished”, it’s all sketches and experiments, which kind of make it okay, since I’m all about sharing my thought process about doing things here. A proper “finished” piece is completely different though, it’s a sort of statement, and I never feel that they’re good enough. One of my struggles with the illustration project I’m working on is that I’m having to hold myself from redrawing and redoing the already finished pages. And I don’t have any of that pressure with drawings I do for myself in my sketchbook that I just don’t show to anyone. If no one sees it, then it doesn’t really matter how polished it is, isn’t it.
      I think that the scariest thing for me when I show things to others is a lack of reaction altogether, especially when it’s something I’ve put a lot of thought and effort into. I’d rather people dislike my work than just pass over it, because at least then I at least have something to build from.
      Well this all came up as a jumbled mess. Need to sit and think on this a bit more πŸ˜›

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      • I understand and know the feeling of wanting to redo previous work. Sometimes you can revisit older projects and fix or add things or perhaps just bring them up to speed with your current skill level. But I feel it’s important to understand that creation in general is a journey, one in which everything that happened before, happened in order to get you to the point you are now.

        Look at your previous work with that perspective and I find myself not wanting to change things, but to see the things I was working through or struggling with and see how I’ve overcome those challenges and feel pride in myself for conquering those hurdles.

        As far as finished pieces go, I can’t really offer you much guidance here, as I too rarely finish anything. I know I’m coming to a point where I’m going to need to start creating a series or several series of finished pieces, but I also know that place is a bit further out for me.

        I guess the only advice I can give on the subject is to know why you’re not finishing things. If you’re studying or refining a technique or are designing or working through a problem, it’s perfectly fine to not finish something, because the purpose in doing those things isn’t to have a perfectly rendered version, but just to work on a small part of a larger whole. Like studying hands because the next time you draw a finished portrait you want to ensure the hands are anatomically correct.

        I think the reaction part is similar in nature to the unfinished things. If your goal is to create a reaction in a viewer, then you can figure out how to do that. Even though people are different and react to things differently, getting some sort of an emotional reaction is a goal you can work out and can actively work towards.

        Artists have been using color, shape, line, subject matter, etc etc to do that. But if that’s not your goal. Say your making a sketch of a character and that character sketch is to help you develop that character or refine it’s look. That’s the purpose of the sketch and not to create an emotional reaction. Unless you frame that sketch as part of a larger work (story, series, etc) it’ll be hard for viewers to react in a similar way as a piece whose purpose was in fact to garner an emotional reaction.

        God I hope that makes sense, it’s like 1 am and I’m just ranting…

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      • I think it all made sense, at least to my overheated slightly dehydrated brain πŸ˜€
        Thank you for such a detailed reply! You’ve given me a lot of food for thought.

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  • I think it’s best not to ask what people think too early in an idea’s development; it’s good to get it sorted in your head first – at least the essentials. Then you can look at suggestions and pick them up or not without getting confused or it altering the original vision. Once I’ve got a pretty good idea what I think, I love to hear others’ thoughts to help tweek it and see how it’s received. And everything Jesse said! πŸ™‚

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    • Yeah, I agree. Technically I don’t know how I’d go about presenting an unformed idea to anyone, I’d just stand there gesturing wildly and going “Mmmm!” a lot… Gotta be careful about not getting too influenced by other people’s ideas so much that you’re no longer telling the story you want. So many things to keep track of!

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