Fourteenth Time is the Charm...

Based on real life events that I am not at liberty to discuss, a few years back I sketched out an idea of a raccoon visiting an art museum...

 

And then I reworked it...

 

And then I reworked it some more...

 

And then some more...

 

And then some more...

 

And then some more...

 

And then some more...

 

And then some more...

 

And then some more...

 

And then some more...

 

And then some more...

 

And then some more...

 

And then some more...

 

And that's all it took. Here's the finished piece...

 

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Comments: 9
  • #1

    jenhill (Wednesday, 25 September 2013 07:48)

    Wow, Tim-- this is crazy!!! Crazy awesome :) Thank you for reminding us that great art takes hard work, perseverance and dedication. So excellent. You could finish some of the other versions and have a whole show with these! hint hint

  • #2

    Mary Nida Smith (Wednesday, 25 September 2013 08:10)

    Thanks Tim. I hope people who want to be an illustrators sees this and they will realize to be one, means hard work and never give up.

  • #3

    Daniel Zalkus (Wednesday, 25 September 2013 10:25)

    Tim-

    Great piece and very cool to see your process. The final has so many elements that I just want to jump in and see what's going on at the museum. I think a few of these could've been the final, especially #3. I love the looseness in it. But I also like the decision you made to have the raccoon look in the window instead of being inside the museum. It's a nice touch.

  • #4

    Julie (Wednesday, 25 September 2013 10:50)

    Thanks for sharing, even if it's a little scary to see how your mind works. That giraffe bed has commercial potential too.

  • #5

    Tim (Wednesday, 25 September 2013 14:53)

    Jen, Mary, Daniel, Julie... thank you everyone for stopping by and sharing your comments!!! I don't always keep the whole trove of drawings I work through to get at the finish, but when this one kept going on and on and on, I thought it would be interesting to review the collection together in regards to seeing process work itself out. I can't help but feel totally crazy (& embarrassed) that this is what I generally go through in working things out. Why can't it just be easier, sheesh?! ...And yeah, good point, there are definitely elements in each of the steps along the way that could have gone (or still go, joy) different directions. That's just another thing that I think is so crazy and interesting about this process. It's all in the choices and where that leads, right?

  • #6

    Helena Juhasz (Wednesday, 25 September 2013 20:51)

    The final piece is gorgeous but funny enough I almost equally like the first one! I admire your patience in refining your work. It's worth the wait. I'm too impatient - that's why I end up posting drafts of stuff almost all the time. Looking forward to seeing this in colour!

  • #7

    Tim (Thursday, 26 September 2013 10:29)

    Helena! Thank you for visiting. ...Hah, where were you to stop me from making myself mental reworking it so many times?! I definitely prefer the freshness of spontaneity in the first one. That's always the hardest thing to carry through in reworking things. And I'm right there with you about getting impatient along the way. I try to give myself permission to make mistakes as I go along, but sometimes it's hard to take things calmly when your facing a wall. ...And yeah, coloring this one is on the 'to do' list. Thanks for reminding me!

  • #8

    Renee K (Thursday, 26 September 2013 15:23)

    WOW! Love every single one of these sketches!! I admire your perseverance.

  • #9

    Tim (Thursday, 26 September 2013 22:15)

    Hi Renee! Thank you, that's nice to hear because more often than not I feel like its OCD.