I've been trying to get some rough drafts for a friend's project done over this long weekend. It's a nice change of pace both in the fact that I'm drawing with a focus on line art and that the current work in progress is a map with highlighted details. I typically draw with a goal of adding color later, and I have never managed a map before. I like new things!
The problem is that my grand plan is not what is showing up on the paper. Instead of background shapes that only give a hint to what they are supposed to be, I've managed to draw the first background element larger and with more detail than I originally wanted. The bigger problem is that I really like how it turned out.
This is not an altogether new problem. Normally, this type of sweeping change shows up when I have taken the time and put in the effort to write an outline for a story. Somehow the characters take over and decide to act out their own plot rather than the one I told them they would be performing for future readers. I'm used to it. It even works out for the better most of the time. Just ask Clyde.
What I'm not used to is my drawing hand deciding to go a completely different direction than I had planned. Now, granted, it's always been a little hard to get along with. I told it to have Michelangelo's talent but it decided to have mine instead. I've learned to live with that and even be happy with the fact. It took a while but that is a discussion for another day. Suffice to say that me and my art now have a reasonably affectionate relationship.
And like I said, I LIKE the change to my plan that showed up on the paper yesterday. It's sort of adorable. It fits in the space well. It's nice and eye catching. It's just not what is supposed to be there so now throws other things out of balance. Art, like life, is very often about finding the right balance, so this change of plans that will affect three other pages is rather frustrating.
I'll figure it out. I'm sure of that part at least. Plus, when I do, I will most likely also learn that the solution makes the entire project go smoother. Sometimes "mistakes" are really just course corrections. The added bonus to this one is that my drawing hand gets more of a workout which can only lead to wonderful things!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!