While putting the finishing touches on Composition 264, I began to think about what direction I wanted to take next. Since Composition 264 had taken on some painterly characteristics through blur and gradation, it seemed natural to expand that idea and create a “walking wave” piece where all the components were either hand drawn or had a traditional art media appearance.
In this series I usually begin by selecting image figures. So my first step was to plug in the Wacom tablet and challenge my hand at drawing. I was quite surprised when the figures I drew bore more resemblance to my cartoons from high school, than to anything I produced at college in figure drawing class. And even though they were not really the direction I had envisioned for this composition, I was surprised at just how much character they had, and how endearing they were.
In some respects that affection became a problem. I grew so attached to them just the way they were, I had difficulty integrating them into a larger compositional structure and found myself reluctant to make them visually stronger by working back into them.
There is an idea in writing about becoming too attached to a particularly clever paragraph, character or concept. As the work develops, those “endearments” can get in the way of how the work develops, how it needs to grow, but the artist doesn’t change them and the work suffers.
Though it was refreshing to make, and stands well enough on it’s own, upon reflection Composition 265 is not quite what I’d like it to be. At some point I may rework a copy in a different direction, but for now it serves well as an example of what I would like to avoid in the next piece.