A week or so ago it was Draw Cat Rackham Day on Twitter, and I whipped this up.Cat Rackham is the webcomic (and now print comic) of Steve Wolfhard. It is endlessly enjoyable.
This is a grayscale version of a drawing I was working on for awhile that I'm tossing into the ol' scrap-heap.
It isn't a paid job, and the deadline is flexible, so I have that luxury.
Priorities change when working on unpaid work or personal work. On a paid assignment, the emphasis is most often on creating the best piece within the timeframe that the client and budget allows. On personal work, there are different, less rigid guidelines. What is this piece doing for my portfolio? What is this piece doing to advance my drawing ability or career? Is this something that people would buy if I made it available as a print?
When the only reward for making a good piece is, well, having a good piece, working can become difficult. When there is a loose or no deadline, you have all the space to second guess every line, every mark, and to go back and change them.
On this drawing, too many of those little negatives added up and I felt like I was just barely treading water. The drawing is filed away, and we move on.