I think sometimes it pays to look back on your artwork and really look at it. If you’re not happy with a piece after it’s all completed, sometimes it’s good to set it down and wait awhile and really look at it and see if it could be improved in some way. Maybe make the colors more saturated, try another media to see if it works a little better with the picture itself. Whatever.
Well, that’s what happened here. I love pastels, but I tried rendering an old watercolor picture of Santa singing with his reindeer (originally designed for my husband’s Christmas birthday) with pastels. I never really was happy with it. Pastels work lovely on portraits, but when I have a lot of detail work in a picture, it just doesn’t cut it. I can’t work in the tiny details, and it looks like there is no “punch” factor….it just sort of sits there, almost like a bad copy of a picture.
See for yourself here as I have attached the original pastel and the new watercolor. I think I will take the watercolor. It’s so vibrant and I can see all the detail work. This is also what the art licensing companies look for, vibrancy. So that’s what I am doing now. Taking my portfolio and re doing all the old pics that just “sort of sit there”. Hope you like this new one! Enjoy!