My father was a detail man. He was a commercial artist, and his specialty was filling in the designs on the fabric of shirts, pants, diamonds, and just about anything else that was advertised. I can’t imagine how he had the patience to do such a thing, but, perhaps it’s just that it was income, and you do what you can do.
So, I think I’ve started channeling my father, the detail man.
I really, really used to think detail was boring. I would do drawing with large flat spaces, and details, as a touch. After all, that’s what I was taught was good composition.
I’ve switched to loving detail.
And letting the details lead the story…..
Can you find the kitten?
So, at that point, I took a loose idea…..and just let the detail flow.
As my drawing progressed, I realized I enjoyed detail. No longer boring, just put on some music and dance. Or, in this case, detail, detail, detail.
More recently, I’ve kept spaces for detail.
Yes, I filled around each clover blossom on this. I didn’t mind it. A few years ago, it would have driven me out of my already somewhat insane mind.
A few years ago, this is when I really details really took off…or dragged me down to earth as the case may be. I wanted to make my artwork more painterly, but I was fighting, tooth and nail, against the medium,
However, the details started sneaking in. Thanks, Dad.
So, I’ve taken a new direction, in my work. Let the details rule! Or rock and roll, if you prefer.
My motto in life has become, “Let It Flow”, both in my dealings with life, and in my artwork.