Thursday, February 11, 2010

Inkless gouache and a new favorite quote

I've been trying to make my pieces a little more delicate, and yesterday I tried reigning myself in by forbidding myself the use of ink. This one is just pencil and gouache. Opinions? I know that some of my friends actually read this because you've talked to me about various pieces on here, so do lend your opinion. Should I embrace this new pencil-only technique?

Also, I've been reading a really lovely little book entitled "Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art." Maurice Sendak is one of the contributing illustrators, and something he said really resonated with me:

"If I have an unusual gift, it's not that I draw particularly better than other people-- I've never fooled myself about that. Rather it's that I Remember things other people don't recall: the sounds and feelings and images-- the emotional quality-- of particular moments in childhood. Happily an essential part of myself-- my dreaming life-- still lives in the light of childhood."

Couldn't agree more.

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a really great lead for TTW003: "So This Is Growing Up."

    I really like the pencil-only piece! I say add it to your repertoire but don't replace the other stuff! It definitely really changes the feel, but in a good/interesting way.