I came across these pencil sketches while rummaging through papers tonight. They’re rough and incomplete, but I love the loose quality of the pencil strokes. We artists are prone to becoming tight, precise, overworking details as we strive to “perfect” an illustration…Sometimes a simple sketch captures more beauty than the finished piece. I remember walking through the Norman Rockwell museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts several years ago, seeing his oil studies next to the finished paintings. The same held true even for Rockwell – some studies consisting of a few strokes of color (almost gesture paintings) captured much more emotion than the refined, finished work.
Perhaps some day I’ll turn the above sketches into a finished watercolor illustration. Perhaps not. Either way, they seem to tell a story. I’ll let you read between the lines and decide what that story might be.