“[S]topping a piece of work just because it’s hard, either emotionally or imaginatively, is a bad idea. Sometimes you have to go on when you don’t feel like it, and sometimes you’re doing good work when it feels like all you’re managing is to shovel [expletive] from a sitting position.” -Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft
This was probably one of the most ego-bruising illustrations I’ve ever created. There were probably four or five instances in which I felt like I was not worthy of calling myself an artist. I know, very dramatic. All I could see were mistakes, but I continued drawing because I was excited to see how the illustration would turn out. And you know what? I’m really proud that I pushed myself through all the critical voices complaining in my head. One of the reasons I agreed to drawing a new illustration every night for seven days is because I wanted to challenge the misconceptions I have about my capabilities as an artist. It’s only the second day, but I can feel I’m growing exponentially just by experimenting with these dual brush pens. Check out last night’s journey with Tombow Dual brush pens.
You’ll notice that gold is more vibrant in the above photo than in the final illustration, that’s because I scanned the final illustration so the reflection of the light on the gold was lost. Plus, I didn’t have access to the best scanner this morning. I also touched up this area and the insect wings with some Prismacolor pencil crayons in the final illustration. Why didn’t I use Tombow’s pencil crayons? I didn’t know they existed until recently. I will definitely check those out soon!