Wash, Rinse, and Repeat

Make a MarkToday I would like to talk about repetition.  When I was younger, I used to look at drawing or painting the same thing over and over as both boring and showing a complete lack of imagination.  Why in the world would you want to draw the same thing over and over again?  Especially if you killed it the first time!  Honestly, just drop the mic and walk away and start another piece that is completely different.  Several years ago, I  changed my way of thinking and it took a computer crash to instigate this change. 

One day at work I was almost done with this rather cool piece I was working on in Adobe Illustrator.  Then "IT" happened.  The sound of heavenly music came from the Mac and an icon of a frowny faced computer came onto the screen for a second or two then the screen went dark.  "Well that can't be good" I thought and I noticed that the computer had completely shut down.  With my fingers crossed I started the computer and low and behold the thing fired right up.  I knew I would have to redo part of my illustration since I hadn't saved before the computer died, but it was far worse than that.  The death of the computer corrupted the illustration and I had to start from scratch.  CRAP!  Behind every dark cloud is a silver lining or so I am told, you just have to look for it.  In this instance, the silver lining was this: I created the second illustration faster than I did the first and it was better that the original piece that I was working on.

During my years as a graphic designer, having a computer malfunction that ruins the project that I'm working on has happened several times.  So if you work on a computer...SAVE YOUR STUFF!  If you like to draw or paint things, do it more than once.  I remember the first several drawings that I did of Ray Hunt, a poor versions I admit that had glimmers of things to come, led in the end to the final piece.  As Ray himself had said on many occasions "Perfect practice makes perfect."

Below, are two images that I created in a 3D application.  There is about six months and four different versions between the two images and you can see how repeatedly doing the same image can work out to some really great results.  

Now get out there and make a mark.  Then make that same mark again.  I bet after you make that mark for the eighth or ninth time it's a hole lot better than the first.


Duncan Duncan II

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