Thursday, February 19, 2009
As I work on developing the illustration style and feel for my new book, it seems that much of my energy is being spent on eliminating. During the first assault you throw everything at it, just to see the possibilities. Reminds me of trying on hats in a store. This is nuttin' but fun.
The more difficult endeavor is taking most of that cool stuff away. Winnowing it down to a meaningful, purposeful, deliberate design. The look should support, and hopefully enhance the story, not compete with it. Why use all colors when 3 would work better? Or perhaps one?
Decisions, decisions. Every inch of space a decision. Like mowing the lawn with tweezers.