“An illustration is a graphic depiction of any concept or subject in a drawing, sketch, painting, photograph, cinema or other type of image. The word comes from the latin word illustra’tio, illu’stro meaning enlighten, irradiate.”
Illustration – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
An excellent definition , I’d say. I consider my work as Illustrative Art. I like my work to tell a story, to evoke a feeling, a memory. And I know the limitations of my talent for drawing. So drawing after real life never really had my interest, (much to the dismay of former art teachers. )
And I am pleased to say, I am no longer taken aback by it either in a way that would make me shy to show my work. Now that took a long time ;o) I really love what I am doing and it makes me very happy when people love my work too.
However, I keep on studying and practicing because I do want to learn new skills and improve on the ones I already have. But only to further develop my own style, not to be able ‘to better get it right’.
This sketch took me out of my comfort zone. It’s a landscape , it needs perspective…hard work for me! I wanted to make a sketch of my favorite spot in the garden. Under that big tree, on the steps of the deck in my backyard. That’s where I love to sit with a cup of tea and just watch the birds and Charley and think of nothing in particular. To catch that feeling I had ‘to move’ three and ‘reshape’ the house. All and all I am happy with it, as far as I (or any artist that looks at its own work, I suspect) can be happy with it.
Just drawing it exactly as it is, would not have given me the opportunity to capture that feeling. Does it make sense to you?
Love and Liefs, Johanna
ps this is an older photo, the house is indeed painted white now ;o)