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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Slowing down

"Wisely and slow; they stumble that run fast."
Romeo and Juliet

I'm taking a leaf out of Mark Ryden's book and slowing down for a change.

He paints at a snail's pace - and it shows. As you can see in 'Yoshi' below, every brush stroke is deliberate, everything is considered and planned out. There's nothing rushed about it.

Audrey Kawasaki, too.

Every pencil mark is a deliberate decision. There's been time taken to think about the work and how the piece will fit together. No wonder her girls have such a languid feel to them.

So for a change, I tried slowing down this afternoon and spending more time considering how this piece will work. I toyed with different movements for the hair, different styles for the dress.

And after a frantic day at work, I must say, I found it all incredibly relaxing.

She hasn't got a name yet, but she'll be part of my Sugar & Spice show with Bec Winnel. Now I just have to very s l o w l y create another 20 or so of these.

By February 14.


xxx scarlett


marcia furman said...

Mark Ryden is simply amazing. I want to be like him when I grow up. heh!

Your drawing looks marvelous!

cabin + cub said...

Love the artists you chose to show!
Your work is so lovely :)

Lexy. said...

She's looking good so far!

I've been trying to do the opposite: I'm already so slow, so I've been trying to speed up.

But I don't think it's working...

Klara J said...

This is my fave of your work I've seen in a while. She's perrrrty :)

Kala Pohl Studio said...

Incredible art. So is yours:)

My Charlie Girl said...

Ive been thinking the exact same thing! Lately ive been saying to myself.... 'Patience has its rewards' and 'good things come to those who wait' .. !!!!

Your girl is looking really good. It has a perfect composition and the curves in her hair are beautiful. Cant wait to see her when she is finished!