As indicated in previous posts, I've decided to pursue a fresh path in my art. I'm not stomping off into entirely foreign provinces, just launching a more thorough and impassioned expedition into the world of whimsical illustration. It's certainly not that I'm disenchanted with my previous work; I just want to venture into the most authentic, rewarding, and frankly, challenging territory possible and when I surveyed my past artistic forays, I discovered that my most personally satisfying work contained lots and lots of hand-generated details. For me, collage with magazine clippings or vintage photos often feels forced, awkward, impersonal. And when I sat quietly, going further back into my creative origins, I remembered that I've always loved to create characters; I even did a fair amount of fiction and poetry writing once upon a time.
So, after a period of intense reflection, the necessary journey became clear, as if a heavy fog had lifted. My head is flooded with ideas and I'm falling in love all over again. My bags are packed with all the tools and techniques I feel leave the most authentic fingerprints. I'm processing, researching, doodling, planning, and notetaking like mad. I actually have a very specific adventure in mind and more will be revealed on that topic over the next few days. I hope you, dear readers (a small but fierce contingent), will follow along with the creative caravan soon departing the Lost Coast for destinations unknown.