Saturday, October 6, 2012


Sometimes drawings just don't work out no matter how hard I try. I so loved the shape of the towers in this city that I tried twice to make it work. I nicknamed the drawing Oz at the time because I could think of no other more whimsical designation.

I'd committed to myself to give the drawing another try someday, but just haven't gotten around to it. Although undated, I'm certain that these unfinished drawings -- sketches really -- were done around 1997. Oddly, I have dozens of sketches from that approximate time frame, all of them abandoned for unknown reasons.

Well, in truth, it was around that time that I got my first computer and started working on developing artwork digitally. Also, my patience was strained as more and more of my illustrations were becoming increasingly sophisticated. The drawings were not being completed before my patience with the tedium of stippling was running out.

The immediate gratification of digital artistry won out over the more cumbersome satisfaction of inking the sketches. The hand-drawn lost to the massive versatility and immediacy of the computer.

Within the last year, as evidenced by this journal, I've been able to put finishing touches on decades-old art. It's an enormously satisfying feeling to see an old drawing breathe with new life -- and color. It was in working with my legacy art that the gears of my imagination began to fire again, as robustly as they had when I was young.

I've had to redefine myself to the man in the mirror as a digital illustrator. I can't say that I'm moving forward and not looking back though. I will be breathing new life into ancient Oz one of these days. Stay tuned.

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