Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Unfolding

... as she skirted the bloody remains she felt the limits of her shape. For everything the Gift gave her, she was still falling behind. She made her decision. She let the adrenaline flow, gave her permission, and the thing inside sang with joy.

She changed in mid-step, an unfolding of night and bone before she disappeared into the bushes as well.


I worry, because I worry about everything, that things are so sparse that people won't be able to figure out what I'm talking about, especially people who haven't read the previous books.

On the other hand, I like it.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was looking at some of your artwork. Very impressed and compelled to continue to practice. I was also reminded of my sisters comment about her own art. She said, "people either do good hands or eyes." I'm not sure she's completely right. I will say that I find hands a huge challenge to get right. You seem to be able to do both, but I love the life that comes from the eyes of your portraits. (You may have more that I haven't seen but...) Please do more close-up face pictures! You have a real skill for capturing life in their eyes.

colin said...

Thanks for the complement, and yes, do continue to practice!

Your sister has a point, or a couple of points, at least as I see it. I think it's a bit rarer for people to do hands really well, because hands are just as hard, or harder, than eyes, and we don't spend as much time looking at them. They are, however, fascinating things to look at and try to capture.

The other thing I think your sister might have hit upon is the tendency to focus on one thing and work hard to get good at it, then get stuck doing the thing you know best. I think it's important to try to do the things you [i]don't[/i] do well. So, ironically, your complement may lead to me drawing more pictures of feet or carburetors or something...

For the record, I find drawing both hands and eyes tremendously difficult, and often frustrating. It's always a struggle, and I'm rarely satisfied with the results. Still, I get some satisfaction out of the feeling that each picture is a little better, somehow, than the last. I think it was Alan Moore who said the only advice he could give was to do what you do for the love of it, and to always try to make each work better than the last. Good advice, I think.

colin said...

Also note that the [i][/i] stuff up there is supposed to be italics. I've spent too much time using BBcode...