Hmm, it might seem like a subtle or weird thing but:
– multiple but varied compositions within the same story/world
I noticed that I was good at coming up with an interesting composition for one moment in a story, and I was good at coming up with a surrounding story that was interesting. BUT I wasn’t great at turning those other story moments into interesting compositions. So I’d do the second piece in a series and it would feel flat even if I liked the story and character.
To this end, I’ve been looking through lots of picture books to find how different moments are captured and how the story flows from one composition to the next. I’ve also been practising coming up with multiple compositions in the same universe before completing the first piece in that universe. And I’ve been trying to remind myself of the many different ways to make a good composition. I really feel like patience is key for this one – you’ve gotta create a bunch of comps of the same story moment before actually jumping in.
(Don’t jump in. I always knew soccer would turn out to be useful. :P)
1. I like to draw my piece out traditionally (I’m trying to work on digital sketching but… it’s tough) but I like to actually create the final piece digitally. I get anxious when working traditionally (no undo) and so a lot of the time my traditional work turns out stiff because I know I can’t take anything back. And I like the flexibility of changing colour whenever you want etc. Having said that, my work can also end up stiff when I work digitally because I overwork it trying to make it “perfect”. idk, I like them both but I definitely prefer digital.
25. I switch and change throughout the day. My favourite is to listen to people talking though so I often put on a tv show I know well in the background (atm it’s Miss Fisher). I’ve listened to Cabin Pressure so many times I probably know it off by heart. And I bought HP1 as an audiobook and that’s working well (on my second listen through atm). But it has to be something I know so I can tune in and out easily.
I tend to find music too distracting if I have to make decisions, but if I know exactly what I’m going to do then I can put music on.
Thank you :)))