Should We Retouch Our Art or Not? The Never Ending Dilemma ( Fashion illustrations in colour)
Lately I've been working hard on improving my art skills. I've been drawing and painting my days away you could say. I also did a lot of retouching, changing things I'm not happy with, trying to 'fix' some of my art. I already wrote about how this can be a difficult subject at best of times (here), but maybe this dilemma is something we need to do to practice balance. Being critical of one's work, constantly reevaluating and questioning everything is obviously stressful, but it is probably inevitable if you want to keep creating. Perhaps it is how we learn. Still, this 'should we redo/retouch our art or leave it as it is' is an never ending dilemma for me. Sometimes it seems better to start a new drawing inspired by the old one and 'redo' it in this way, and sometimes I can't resist making changes on the painting/drawing itself.
As I explain some time ago, it can be very tempting to constantly make changes, to keep retouching our work. With every new day, we get a new perception of our art (taken that we keep it, as opposed to selling it), and we might want to edit it on every day basis. However, is every change for the better? Do we not risk destroying what we made? It is not an easy decision, that's for sure. Fortunately, today we have photography at our disposal, so we can always keep a digital record of our art. Imagine how hard it was for the painters in the old days, not being able to keep a record of their original work. Still, every time has its challenges. In the end, art doesn't really get easier. There is always that constant self-doubt and feeling you're not good enough.
Here is an illustration done with ordinary pencil (see here), turned into an illustration done with coloured pencils. The transition wasn't terribly difficult but I'm not sure that I'm happy with how it turned out. I do like how the dress turned out, the multi shades of pink blended in nicely together, but I wasn't able to add additional details to the face. The ultra violet hair is also a sweet touch but as I said, I don't like the face as much as the one on the original drawing. Well, what can I say. You lose some, you win some.
EXAMPLE NO. 2
Here are two examples of 'retouched fashion illustrations'. In case of these two, I deleted the (ordinary) pencil and used coloured pencils to make the transition between watercolour and pencil more subtle. The changes I made here are very minor, so I can't say that I regret them. These paintings don't look different, only a bit more polished. With these two, I was absolutely satisfied with the 'retouching' and I do think these two fashion illustrations look better now.
EXAMPLE NO. 3
Here is an example of turning a pencil drawing into a coloured pencils and marker one. You can see the original drawing here, if you want to compare the two. This 'new' illustration was coloured with ultra violet trend in mind. I think ultra violet would match nicely with blue. What do you think? I do like how this fashion illustration turned out. It just accured to me that doing it (colouring my pencil illustration) was a bit like filling it those colouring books that became popular. The only difference was that this was a bit more challenging because I had to make some changes, as this was not a sketch but was intended as a pencil drawing.
EXAMPLE NO. 4
Here is something a bit different, an example of turning a pencil drawing into a watercolour painting. I do like how this one turned out, especially the scarf. I think that the green scarf looks pretty cute right now and since this was the inspiration behind the illustration, that's only right. It was very difficult to apply watercolour to a detailed pencil drawing, but somehow it turned out alright, so I don't regret it. If you want to see the original drawing, you can see it here.
|my art + digital effects|
|watercolour and pencil|
How do you like these illustrations? Do you prefer these fashion illustrations in colour or did you like the original ones between? Have a great weekend! Thank you for reading!