The Best Laid Plans

We are 10 days into the new year, and 2016 has already taught me a valuable lesson.  Sometimes the best thing to do when you're stuck is to just start over.  I've seen the "new year, new me" meme floating around, and I know I'm part of that crowd.  But I can't help but like the idea of a clean slate and a clear "start" to something new.  Except, somehow, it's always been a difficult concept for me artwork-wise.

My main art resolution was to focus on finishing illustrations, and instead of posting a daily doodle, that I'd try for a more polished piece per week.  And let's just say that the struggle is real.  I feel like I have been so far removed from the illustration side of things (gallery pieces not-withstanding), that I'm still trying to find my groove to get back on the regular side of an art routine.

This is what a contrived idea looks like people.  I'm hoping to learn to recognize this for what it is so that I may avoid it in future projects.  (Or at least learn to maneuver around the humps.)

This is what a contrived idea looks like people.  I'm hoping to learn to recognize this for what it is so that I may avoid it in future projects.  (Or at least learn to maneuver around the humps.)

I found myself forcing an idea into fruition, and it just was not happening.  Evidenced above by my 4 attempts at formulating this sketch into something resembling the idea in my head... and failing.  Not to say that failure is a bad thing.  I'm still trying to get the hang of it as a potential lesson to learn from and not a detrimental foe to be rendered immobile by.  

So with that in mind, here's the first official "art" post of the year!  She's nowhere near perfect.  And even as I tried to finish strong, the ink gods were against me.  (Hello, I see you giant blobs... You are bright and shiny and fat.)  But I'm happy with where she's at for now.  I've accepted her as is, and she'll do for a "first step."  

That Cheshire cat is a smart cookie.  Every adventure requires a first step.

That Cheshire cat is a smart cookie.  Every adventure requires a first step.

Analogy very much intended. ;)