Creative Iterations - From Photos to Drawings
So, I took this picture of an American Bald Eagle in February of 2013. It isn't the greatest picture from a pixel perfect point of view but it is a cool bird and it was fun to see it and get the shot. I had quite a zoom on it as it was about 75 yards away and I was pleased with the pose and and composition. I posted in on my Flickr account for all to see. (Why not right? I can share things I like. That's the point of this post after all)
In the Fall of 2014, I decided to make a sketch of it. I'd been reading about how I should draw what I see and I really focused on getting the proportions and shapes right. It was a fun exercise and I was pleased with how it turned out. I posted it on my Instagram account for all to see. (Again..Why not?)
The reason I started drawing again is largely because I stumbled upon a challenge to do an ink drawing every day in October and post it for all to see with the hash tag #inktober .
But I was a bit afraid to the inking because I liked the sketch and I didn't want to ruin it. I had a few other sketches that I inked and I didn't like how they turned out after the ink. (Ink isn't erasable) . It took me a week and a half to work up the nerve but I finally jumped in.
I like how it turned out and to be honest I'm pretty surprised. I'm glad I took my time and kept working at it. (There's a life lesson there right?) If you look at the timeline, it took almost 2 years from photo to drawing and nearly 2 weeks for the drawing. Obviously, I didn't work on it every day for those periods but it took that long for me to build up to it.
I wonder how many other things in life are that? Did something I do years ago set the stage for something I may do tomorrow? Somehow I think so.