SLOW MOVING MAMMA
The Illustration Friday topic for the week is the word SLOW.
This image I created today was a slow-moving cow with a heavy load. The picture itself took me three and half hours to complete. It felt very slow. Capturing the highlights took some time.
I guess I am an expert at going slow. If there was an award for the longest time creating a picture book. I would win hands down. November is a time I look back to see how far I have come. Oh dear, I have not come as far as I would have liked. LIFE DOES GET IN THE WAY of OUR VISIONS. This year, when I started selling my art at a local craft gallery, everything else got put to the side. My word for the year was Productivity. I know I have been productive making lots of art. BUT the picture book characters frown at me and say…. “Hey don’t forget about us, please colour us in!”
I suppose I could look at it this way.
Good art takes time.
I have the skill of going slow, down to a fine art.
Every picture I draw helps me sharpen my skills. I have gone over the illustrations at least three times each. I’m confident after a year of experimenting with movement, viewpoint, different textures and bright colours that my characters will eventually shine.
Slow is not a bad word. Living in the countryside, is very slow. I’m liking it. My younger city-dwelling self would have run a mile from the words slow-country-living. The fifty year old me enjoys the fact I have no neighbours, just cows to talk to. Cows are slow most of the time, unless they see the truck loaded up with grain. Then you get to see some funky cow moves for sure.
No, I will not rush it, I will be slow and it will take as long as it takes.
I am thankful for all the fun art I have created this year and connecting with so many wonderful people out there. The journey continues.
Are you a machine at finishing your projects or are you a slow poke like me?