Here is a page that I hate. I still hate it. I don't even like it enough to try and mess it up. It reminds me of all the things that I struggle against in my artwork. Too graphic, too illustrative, too safe and too perfect. Boring!!!
I liked this magazine picture. I liked the girl and I liked her outfit and I thought it might inspire a drawing. Instead I got caught up in old habits and copied the bloody thing. What a posey pose she is in!
Now I am continuing in my illustrative mode, painting it in watercolours. Bring back my days working in advertising, yuch.
Finally I come to my senses and see what I might do to make the whole thing a bit more exciting. I cover the facing page with black gesso and I dry brush it behind her as well. I have started out stiff and am trying to bring looseness in - what a joke. Learn from my mistakes.
Now I decide to bring in the original magazine photo. I tear it into strips and glue them on. I switch two of them to bring in the unexpected. Pathetic. About as unexpected as an airbrushed model.
Finally I realise the folly of my illusions. I confess my stupidity and it is the most interesting part of my.... *drum roll* Most Boring Journal Page.
At one point I was severely tempted to give her horns. Do you think it would have helped?