Sunday, February 21, 2010

Shiny Things 2

Sometimes no matter how much you like your subject or how you try to portray it, it just doesn't work out.  I just don't like how this turned out because I wasn't as successful as I was with the first piece.  Sometimes a good piece wasn't meant to be duplicated.  I'm posting this anyway because when I started this blog I made a decision that I would post the bad along with the good.  Actually, I like the clover leaf coin much better than the star.  I should just photoshop the star out, but it seems a lot of work for something I'm just not feeling the love for.  So, there it is.  I'm done.  Going to go work on my color WIP for a while.  Charcoal, graphite and 2B pencil on Strathmore paper.  5.5 x 6.5 inches. 

9 comments:

dibujandoarte said...

i think sometimes we put too much preassure on ouserlves, but we shouldn't do that. something caught my attention in you entry, when i started blogging i thought the same, and after sometime i couldn't post the ones i consider "the bad" so for me it is important that you keep that same point of view from the beginning. though i wonder why you don't like this drawing, i like it, i feel it shows something positive: a star and a clover, we have to see and feel the meaning, the ideas a work shows though maybe we (the ones who draw)concentrate too much in the technical part and forget about that other part. a big hug. m

curiouscrow said...

I'm inclined to agree with you but I don't think I can put my finger on why. There's nothing leaping out at me as 'the problem'. It's strange isn't it how some things just don't happen? (I have plenty of examples!) I am a believer in the adage that you learn as much from your failures as from your successes though. Thanks too for being willing to share something you weren't happy with.

Shirley said...

I really like them both. In the first drawing the objects have round volume and in this one the surfaces looks concave. Both show a nice subtle reflective surface.

Ann said...

I think they look good - nice and shiny. It may be the surface they are sitting on is competing too much as it's very close in value to the coins and the stripes sort of take our attention away? Maybe if it was darker to make the coins pop more? Just a thought :-)

raena said...

I was going to say what Ann said! If you look at just the metal coins, the quality looks very much inline with the previous post, so I'm thinking it's the background competing too much. I'm glad you posted this!

Krista Meister said...

Bravo to you for posting it anyway! It's still something you can learn from, what to do next time. And, if I haven't already mentioned it before, there is a saying among some of my art friends when we're not satisfied with what we've created. It's:

"NEXT!!!!!!"

bendelachanal said...

It is interesting to figure out what catches our eye. This drawing is very good,very calm, but doesn't catch your eye. It is very nice you decided to blog about it.

Alex said...

SHINY!!! :) My wife would co crazy if she sees drawings like this, she likes shiny stuff.
Hahaha.. I didn't know that newlyweds can have excuse to be absent... ah well, I'm not going to be using any excuse now because I know I am missing something whenever I am out and about not drawing.
Thanks for the comment and understanding ^^Can't wait to see your bicycle drawing done by the way

ffyrebird said...

Cheers to you for posting this even though you're not pleased with it. You put a lot of time and work into it and that should be applauded. I like the drawing and you have amazing mad talent, but I have to agree with the others- maybe if the surface the coins are on was lighter, they would stand out more??
Anyway, hugs for doing this AND posting it!!