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Donkeys, Day 11

The scanner cut off all the edges on this one, including the donkey's hooves; my paper is too large. But the hour is late and I don't want to photograph it.

So.  Since I disliked yesterday's donkey so much, what did I decide to do today's in? Pastels, a medium which you all now know I'm not at all comfortable with. Yeah, glutton for punishment.

Julien and I were talking last night about how difficult it is to post things I am unhappy with. With a few of these donkeys, I've wanted nothing more than to chuck them in the trash, but I've gone ahead and shared anyway. That is part of the challenge: getting over myself a bit.  And as I explained to J, even if I don't much care for the finished illustration, it is the experimenting, the working through something new and thus-far unthought of, that is more important to me right now than a pretty or well-executed work of art.

As I've read somewhere else, it is process not product.

Bright Donkey
Bright Donkey, oil pastels and pencil

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frigg
Mar. 20th, 2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
Next time you come, I'll make you love pastels. :P

... and I haven't seen anything bad from you. This one has lovely vibrant colours (another reason to love pastels).
mnfaure
Mar. 21st, 2013 07:18 am (UTC)
Yeah, why didn't we think of a pastel tutorial while we were at your house!?
queenoftheskies
Mar. 20th, 2013 11:38 pm (UTC)
I love the colors. And the donkey looks very soft.
mnfaure
Mar. 21st, 2013 07:18 am (UTC)
The colors made me cheerful, :)
asakiyume
Mar. 21st, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
I've loved all of them, so I'm glad you've been persuaded not to chuck them. Part of what I've loved is, indeed, the variety of media and styles you've experimented with--it's such a great range.

Love the colors in the foreground tree here.
mnfaure
Mar. 21st, 2013 11:31 am (UTC)
I'm starting to try out a little bit of more cartoonish kinds of art, but it is really hard. I've always leaned more heavily to realism. Having read lots of children's books, I know that is all right, too; there is a terrific amount of diversity in allowed.

I actually had fun with the colors this time. Oil pastel is not my favorite, but it is still better than chalk pastel. :P
mindseas
Mar. 22nd, 2013 03:20 am (UTC)
To me, this donkey looks young and somewhat unsure of himself. I very much like the colorful trees in the background, especially the one with the fan-like pale green leaves. Together, the trees lend the impression of a fantastical world full of possibilities.
mnfaure
Mar. 22nd, 2013 08:01 am (UTC)
The hint of fantasy was my favorite thing to put in there. :D
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