I am really feeling this piece that I’m working on at the moment. I’m intrigued that the protagonist isn’t human (this wasn’t pre-meditated, it just happened). I don’t fully understand the feeling I’m about to convey so this might not be entirely coherent. Sometimes I feel a bit distanced from figurative artwork because I don’t know who it is in the painting. Sort of like if you were to frame a photograph of a stranger and put it on a shelf. I think this might be why I’m drawn to non-realistic representations of people — they’re much less challenging on this level.
I’m excited at the thought of illustrating humanoids more from now on. It’s not so much that I’m renouncing human figures all together; more that I’m making an addition to my arsenal, which had never occurred to me before, but now that I know is an option I wonder how I ever did without it.
I wonder if I’m the only one who experiences this. Do you ever look at a figurative piece, or draw a person, and think “I like it, that looks pretty groovy, but who is that?”