Over the past few years I’ve struggled to find the right words to describe my artwork. “Whimsically fashion-based” is the closest I’ve come to describing what I’m after since neither the terms “fashion illustration” nor “cartoon” exactly apply. Works in progress? Perhaps, but that is the nature of creativity. My end goal, however, has always been to make the viewer smile, laugh or feel amused somehow. Call it a reflection of my own outlook on life or maybe just my survival technique, but I do feel that life goes a lot smoother if manners and a good dose of humor are applied.
Hold your beliefs lightly….
(Because this option isn’t as pretty!)
As I’m finding my “NY City legs” – figuring out how to set up my drafting table, hooking up my printer and getting my scanner to work – today’s rendering felt a bit forced. When I finished it, my thought was
“Oh, this isn’t original…I’ve done this exact same design before!”
So I decided to dig through my design archives to see just how much I had plagiarized myself. Much to my surprise, I realized that while today’s design is, indeed, a reworking of a motif that I seem to love, it is significantly different not only in rendering technique but in feel. In a more critical vein, I’d say that I’m still seeking that “Ah hah!” moment with this motif. However, with a little distance (nice that I’ve saved my designs) I see merit in each of the variations to date; proof, too, as George Balanchine once said
“There are no new steps, only new combinations.”
I’ve posted the new variation below with the previous incarnations, in reverse chronological order underneath:
Pen and Ink Gold and Diamond Leaf Earring with Gold Tear Drop Dangle by Joana Miranda
“Success is steady progress towards one’s personal goals.”