Starting in...

So, this week, hopefully, will mark the moment I start in on the paintings for my big illustration project.  I've been developing the story, doing lots of thumbnails and fleshing out my characters for quite a while now and I finally feel like the time is right.  I had a reflective moment during my drive to work the other morning when I realized that it only really matters to ME what the finished project will look like.  And because every artist is so unique it is only going to look like I painted it if I just do the painting.  I know that sounds kind of silly, but I had to stop comparing what I want to do with people who do 'their' thing.  I really love getting inspiration from the fantastic artists that are out their making beautiful things but I need to embrace being a creator and stop asking myself if what I make is going to be 'good enough' or reach some sort of 'standard'.  Obviously I'll continue to work really hard at it and I'll always compare myself to the greatest but I won't let that stop me from making the beautiful things I want to make.

This project has been incredibly challenging for me so far and I'm glad that I've found a way past that wall.  I'm sure that future projects will go at least a little smoother than this initial one just by having done it once and understanding the pipeline to get things developed.  Extra long rant over, haha.  Here are this week's figure drawings and some of the thumbnails leading up to a big 30x22 painting I'll be tackling soon, enjoy!