Tuesday, May 30, 2006
Old School Debate
So here's a question for all of you blogging artists that take the time to visit my blog: What is your take on "updating" older artwork? Last night I snapped a few digital photos of some of my older artwork, simply to have it in a digital format. As I was looking at a watercolor painting I did way back in 1983- (as an aspiring Sophomore in high school) I realized that looking at old artwork can be inspiring as well as laughable, and as I was looking at this painting I kept cringing at what a poor job I had done. Lots of very washed out colors, lack of definition and it was obvious that I was still trying to develop a style of my own. A lot of the monsters I painted were likely taken from Dungeons and Dragons manuals or some other source, but I guess that is more forgivable as the painting was basically a tribute to all things horror. So I decided to take one small section or character of the painting and attempt to improve it using Photoshop. Here are the results- hopefully you can tell which one I painted in 1983 and which one I painted digitally last night. If not, the one on the right is from last night! So back to the original question- what do you think about the idea of updating old artwork? My opinion? Something like this where I can update the old artwork digitally and not actually alter the original is alright, but I don't think I would want to change the old stuff and never be able to see it as I intended it at that time. I contemplated taking a shot at re-painting the entire piece digitally, but the more I thought about it, the more I felt that I would rather create an entirely new modern painting than spending time re-doing something I created in 1983. Regardless, I had fun giving a "digital face-lift" to this witch like character, and I hope you all have fun checking it out as well!