I've been changing up my digital drawing strategy for the last couple of months, and feel like I'm starting to get a better handle on what exactly it is that I do stylistically. There has always been a little disconnect for me between the way that I draw and paint in my sketchbook, and the way that I work with vector. I couldn't quite put my finger on it, but I think it comes down to the fact that when I make my 'finals,' I am basically copying something that I have already drawn once. Since I'm not making decisions on the fly, as I do when I'm building up something in graphite or ink, one little detail at a time, the results sometimes feel a little flat. And, a lot of times, a design decision that makes sense in a line drawing doesn't really have the same punch in flat color shapes. So, as much as possible, I've been trying to save all the fun for my finals, and resisting the impulse to make my sketches stand alone a pleasing little drawings on there own. (Not that they were masterpieces to begin with, but, you know what I mean.) Now it's "just the facts," then add the razzle-dazzle (such as it is) in post.
A huge thanks to Deanna Donegan, Ted Barnes and Lucy Quintanilla for the great assignments!