Sunday, October 19, 2008

A Thousand Tiny Details

Here's the thing. Details make a picture. Details kill a picture. Too much fooling around trying to get a detail right, or too much detail in the wrong places, and you've can end up with stiff, unappealing work. Not enough detail, and you can end up with amateurish, lazy-looking work.

But I am lazy. I grow tired of the detail, exhausted with the thought of going on to finish. Still, something wants me to continue until it is. At some point my brain will say, OK, finished. But it seems a long way off, right now.

And then, paradoxically, sometimes working on a detail (especially when it turns out right) can be terrific fun.

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