Changing or Redoing Artwork – How I Recreated This One Drawing
As humans, we are all afraid of change…but we should not be. Now as this subject applies to artwork…should you ever do a “redo” of anything?
Once I’ve said “Finished!” I pretty much considered a piece a fait accompli as soon as I put my signature down, and the date. I was discouraged from “dating” my work because some of the art contests out there have statutes of limitations on how old a piece can be before submission, which is usually within 2 years. However, the real reason I would always put the date down (and in the past I would even go so far as to add the month and day, in case I wanted to remember if anything newsworthy happened that day – these days I can’t help but wonder if I did anything on 9-11? but I digress.) to track my progress.
Here’s what I like to do….I don’t “retouch” a piece…I am usually afraid I’ll be sorry. But sometimes, I like to see what could develop if I start a whole new replication of that piece on another substrate. I did that recently; one time I was looking at my drawing of women’s shoes from last year and thinking to myself “I could do better…maybe a little more dimension. I like it, but what if I could do a little better?”
The above image is that particular piece, in case you were wondering. I did this is different colors just by one-click switching in the color palette of my program. If you work with graphics you already know how much you can get carried away with the idea of “nothing is set in stone”
I always hate it when a picture of something looks too “flat”, but you’d be surprised at how much detail there is in this pair of shoes in real life (especially being over 20 years old)
Now here is the more recent version, same subject, just more depth. use of the “wire mesh” tool (Corel Draw and Illustrator have this; it is used to add tonal values to your subjects) and yes I used an actual pair to be my model, and they are turned at a different angle.
Fun, fun! Now it wasn’t as easy to change the shoe colors on a whim, but it wasn’t really necessary by now.
The one thing I ran into is that the midtones did not show up as well in the printout….When I switched from RGB to CMYK it did show a little bit more, as the color range is a little greater (don’t remember the exact figure-sorry) If one is real sophisticated with their understanding of color gamuts they can easily predict what the print output is going to look like.
So the moral of this story is that there is always a chance to start fresh with a piece of artwork, breathe new life into it by replicating what you did, only better!