I’ve been occupied over the past few weeks with the idea of pushing my boundaries and getting outside of my comfort zone.
Since the vast majority of my work is black & white, the natural assumption is to add color into the mix and eventually build up to doing a full color piece.
Me being the artist that I am, decided to push the envelope with a subject that held the full spectrum. Not my greatest idea.
My idea was simple: instead of utilizing the tedious task of a pointillism approach for the background, I opted to use blending markers for what I imagined was going to be a seamless transition from deep blue to an aqua-marine. What reality provided me was a blotchy mess of colors that appeared to have been finger pained by a 3rd grader (apologies to all of the 3rd graders out there, this is self-deprecating and not intended to offend you.)
Then I remembered viewing this:
After licking my wounded pride, I reached out to a fellow designer and tried to wrap my head around the time that I put in, and the result that was FAR from what I imagined I would produce. I was curious to see what her thoughts were regarding the output that we expect to provide vs the output that we actually provide.
She provided me this:
”I remember being told that same thing in college. ‘Fail faster’ was our mantra. You could get to that 1 in a 1,000,000 idea sooner if you got the other 999,999 crappy ideas out of the way faster. ”