Friday, December 30, 2011

More rats... rats and rats

I'm drawing and drawing and drawing rats.
Around lunch time, my new scanner arrived - a huge thing. Now I can scan my artwork without folding it, which will please the nice lady who sells it to collectors when the books are finished...
A detail from today's spread
I realised today that I have no idea what I'm doing, but at the same time I always know what to do next. I think that's a good way to work - every new page surprises me.

Also I'm finally absolutely able to just smile about all the people who used to tell me that my pencilwork wasn't much good. I mostly avoided it since college because assorted people told me that inking is the only way to go, and that my pencil drawings looked laboured and clumsy. And that my characters are scary and look mad and like they never sleep. Yeah, maybe they do! Maybe I'm a bit short myself and sleep badly and some days I eat ALL THE POTATOES and then I'm kind of tubby around the middle. Maybe the people who told me to stop drawing in pencil are neurotic whingebiscuits.
Maybe perfection isn't everything!
Also I like my drawings better than theirs. (Just ran through the list of critics in my head, and, yeah, I like mine best. By a distance.)
(Do I hold grudges? You bet. I started collecting them when I was about four.)

And I am seeing a whole lot of pencil shavings in 2012!




Emma Collins Ba (Hons) said...

Your pencil drawings are gorgeous! Be proud :D I'm such a worrier when it comes to creating my own work. This is what goes through my head: " That's cute. Isn't it? What if people hate it?...The line isn't straight! ARGH! IT SHOULD BE looks like it's cross eyed. The colours are too dark. The watercolour is too too textured. My character looks stupid!" etc. And it doesn't help that I compare my work to other illustrators...makes me sad inside haha...


Viviane Schwarz said...

Oh, I do like them, too! It makes me happy to like my drawings. Don't worry about yours, the best way to draw is to draw like you draw and to enjoy it. No point comparing, other than to nab tricks :D

Emma Collins Ba (Hons) said...

I'm glad you like your own work...I sometimes like mine :p hahaha oooh yesh!

Maja said...

I'm super jealous of your A3 scanner. Would love to have one! But alas need to save for one first.

And yes, I agree your pencil work is great. I'm looking forward to buying your rats book! :-)

Thomas Taylor said...

Liking the rats and especially liking your pencil work!

Paulette said...

Your pencil-drawn rats are really marvelous! Happy New Year!

Viviane Schwarz said...

Hooray and thank you all for niceness!