Thursday, May 31, 2007


pen-and-ink drawing digitally coloured

This has been really interesting. Feedback tells me that the text elements I've been adding to some of my drawings suck. And what do I have to say about all this outrageous criticism? THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU. It's good for the ego when I get positive comments, but I really need this kind of feedback, too. Of course, incorporating the criticism of others must be taken with a grain of salt. My newest guru says, "You don't know if your idea is any good the moment it's created. Neither does anyone else. The most you can hope for is a strong gut feeling that it is. And trusting your feelings is not as easy as the optimists say it is. There's a reason why feelings scare us." I think this is great advice if you have a groundbreaking idea, but this ain't it. And since I've been forced to reflect on it now I see the point. Personally, I love the edginess the text adds, but the 'venue' is all wrong. These are not gritty, urban pieces, so maybe not such a great fit. Critics: 1, Artist: 0. But hey, if you like the dichotomy (and tomorrow I probably will), please tell me. As Woody Allen said, "I need the eggs."

As I mentioned here, I made five of these pen-and-ink drawings, so there's one to go after this. You'll have to put up with wonky, mismatched, backwards letters one more time. I haven't got the 'discretionary investment funds' to print up a run of these anyway, so they'll have to remain in the virtual world. But that's probably a good thing as I learn more about Photoshop. I used the magic wand on this one and discovered that because I don't completely close the areas up, it didn't work perfectly, so I might change that in the future, though I did choose to do it because it works well with the wavering double lines.

It's all a process.


Blogger tlc illustration said...

I see your point about the juxtaposition of 'wonky' type and non-gritty-urban art... I personally love type combined with image - and maybe you could find a typeface/style/size that fits your non-wonky birds more synchronistically?

I fixed your blog link on my post about *you*, btw. My teeth and I thank you for noticing! :-)

31/5/07 11:46 a.m.  
Anonymous ziggi said...

I rather like the tipsy text, I especially like the seedeater.

Thanks for your advice the other day

31/5/07 12:31 p.m.  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

'Juncos Rule!' At my birdfeeders at least they do. Love it. Love your capturing of the creative process and hopes for approval, and can empathize profoundly. Maybe we should be more like Oscar Wilde (not necessarily in all areas of preference), who believed art should be done for the sake of the art and not for public approval. In other words, screw everbody else if I like what I've done and if I felt it was a test of my skills and talents.
You always give me food for thought, Andrea.

31/5/07 12:50 p.m.  
Blogger dinahmow said...

I am always open to new processes (processors?)at all levels. But I think I will always come back to those like the "Brave new Art" and the Primal series. Colour, I suppose...

31/5/07 2:39 p.m.  
Blogger Ces said...

I think your new art is very refreshing but I always love the ones I have gotten to call your signature creations. I love the details and the composition of those paintings, they were obviously very skillfully and quite intensely (feelings) crafted.

31/5/07 6:12 p.m.  
Blogger thepinkangel said...

oh these words are so true.

but we aren't mind readers. we really can only hope that the public will see what we see (and in the meantime, make our "sell out" art on the side for money). :P so you did these in photoshop?

1/6/07 10:49 a.m.  
Blogger ValGalArt said...

i find it hard to believe that you received criticism on the type! I can see these as greeting cards, they are refreshing and who doesn't love birds?

1/6/07 8:45 p.m.  
Anonymous AscenderRisesAbove said...

so right... it is all a process. and it is about not getting static into one art style; about challenging ones self. I think you are doing wonderful at deflecting the naysayers; whomever they might be.

2/6/07 7:12 p.m.  
Blogger Cre8Tiva said...

I like the text... but I love letterforms!!! As an artist you must try new things and keep fresh ideas coming whether they work for the world today or not. I love 'colorizing' (like Turner) my drawings in Photoshop. It is stretching me wildly... Blessings,

3/6/07 7:23 a.m.  
Blogger andrea said...

Thanks, all. My problem, Ascender and Rebecca, is that I experiment TOO much. :)

3/6/07 7:53 a.m.  
Anonymous albina said...

Ah, having fun with birds...
I think these artworks are fun, playful and overall great -- letters and all. OK, using lettering can get tricky but in this virtual world you can remove them or add them back with a wave of your mouse and no one will get hurt! Have fun!!!

5/6/07 4:14 p.m.  

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