A few developments since my last post, mostly on a positive note.
Firstly the drawing I submitted to the ING Discerning Eye was rejected – bummer. I had to do the walk of shame and collect it on Tuesday. Whilst being disappointed it revealed questions and tested the faith I have in what I do. I can confirm my skin is extremely thick and after some very minor doubts my resolve saw off these thoughts.
I know this is a very small bump in the road – and for most a par of course occurrence but it was the first time I’d put myself out there so in my mind it was magnified somewhat, having said that the whole experience has been a great learning exercise and it has shown what I can do if I put my mind to it (in terms of meeting a deadline) and ironically given me bags of confidence, I feel although I have grown in some way as a direct result of the whole submission process. The moral of the story:
Get your work out there as much as humanly possible.
I am now the very proud inhabitant of some proper studio space. BIG WIN. It is a heated, secure, very well lit space – and I already love it. I spent a while last night moving in and tonight i have adorned the walls with a multitude of sketches, drawings and ideas that have otherwise been out of sight and therefore out of the minds eye.
After splashing my drawings all over the walls I decided I needed to “bed” into the space by starting to actually work, I made a pencil drawing over the space of about four hours (no pictures sorry). I couldn’t believe just how much I had missed working in an area in which I could see my other ideas and drawings, it definitely helps in terms of resolving ideas, pushing work to new standards and solidifying patterns of sketches and drawings that haven’t made it off of the mark. I am going to push as hard as I can now and try to accelerate my output.
Exciting times ahead.