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Monday, September 20, 2010

What's She Been Doing With Herself?

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Homework. She has been doing homework.
Fortunately, she likes to draw.

In my fantasies, of course, I publish illustrations in the New Yorker. That's why I chose David Sedaris's recent hilarity about the horrible people (um, you and me) he encounters during his frequent air travels for this project.
The illustration published with the actual article was a little cartoon of an angry airplane. I tried to do something a little more elaborate but still, I hoped, amusing.

Tomorrow is our class critique. Some of you know what that means. It means this is the last time I will actually like what I did here.


Don West said...

Very excellent in my opinion...screw your peers!

Karen Sandstrom at Pen in Hand said...

Thanks, Don. I was pretty pleased with it. My peers seemed to like it, too. (My teacher referred to it as "a good start.")

Jesus Crisis said...

Brilliant illustration - and the text in Latin is a nice touch.

Don West said...

Ya know...I don't see the value of "it's a good start." It is right up there professionally with anything I've seen in magazine illustrations of late and it follows the story line quite well.

There is a difference in improvement and change. Sometimes I think critiquing serves little value other than to let others voice how they would have done it. It doesn't improve the skill level or creativity of the original artist. It is simply discussion about change. Now if your art sucked, which it obviously doesn't, then improvement could come from long as it is done with the motive of improving and teaching.

You are getting REALLY good Karen. I wouldn't let the prof get under your skin too much. You're a good self critique-er. Kudos! You go girl!

Karen Sandstrom at Pen in Hand said...

I appreciate your comment on this, Don, since the whole school/critique thing really throws me off my game. Not the taking-of-criticism, which I learned to do a long time ago, but the what-to-do-with-what-I-hear part. The teacher mentioned that he had suggested having one of the characters look at a watch. Now, that wasn't a bad idea, but I didn't do it. I don't think it was a make-or-break kind of decision.

Interestingly, another classmate suggested that I could bump up the contrast on some of the characters, and with the background. I probably WILL do that, because I can visualize that improving what I've done here.

Bottom line, though: You are correct. Whether in writing or art, I've always thought the point of a critique isn't to talk about how YOU would do the piece if you were doing the piece. It's how to get the artist to the best possible version of their own vision. My teacher is very, very good at many things. But I think on this one, I believe it's actually way better than "a good start." And it beats the hell out of the illustration they actually used in the magazine.

Thanks for letting me spout off. :D