Today I am happy to share with you the final version of “Falling”! It took a bit of work, but I think I finally managed to get the dream-like atmosphere I was aiming for. \(^o^)/
- Time: ~20 hours
- Materials: GIMP 2.8, Wacom Intuos 3
“Falling” is definitely inspired by Alice in Wonderland, but personally, I don’t think the girl in the picture is Alice herself. Perhaps Alice in Wonderland was one of her favorite childhood books. Perhaps she’s always longed to go to Wonderland. Perhaps that’s why she looks so calm. What do you think?
If you asked me if I’m happy with “Falling,” I would have to say yes – and no. In many ways, “Falling” represents the current level of my digital painting abilities. It was also an experiment and a challenge: Different style, focus on shading, and the sheer number of objects to paint gave room to explore and hone my skills. I’m quite proud of how much I progressed just in the painting of this piece. Yet at the same time, I felt myself bumping up against the upper limit of my skills. It was a delight to paint, and yet frustrating at the same time.
At some point, though, you just have to say: “It’s done now.” No, it isn’t perfect. Yes, I’m sure with more time/energy/practice it would be more polished. But I feel that right now, this is the best I can do with this piece. So rather than going over it again and again and again, or putting it away where it will be forgotten, I’d like to share it with you. 🙂
So, yes, I’m happy with “Falling.” Happy and proud both. And no, I’m not. But I will take everything that I’ve learned in the hours that made this piece and use them on the next piece, and the next. No painting, no matter how dissatisfied I am with it, is useless. Each one takes me closer to my dream. Hopefully I can just remember that. . . 😛
How about you? Are you a perfectionist? How do you decide when a piece is “done”? Let me know in the comments below!