The path I would follow

Although I was starting over, I had not fully understood the extent of the revisions that I would bring to the story. I believed that I would only add a drawing or two, and it never occurred to me at first just how far I would go. I’m not sure I would have embarked on the journey if I had told myself in the beginning that they would all have to be completely redone, especially considering how slow the process of creating the drawings had become. I think that I subconsciously felt trapped with how I depicted Simpleton and his brother that I longed to be free and indulge in exploring different creative ways to draw faces without being shackled by what I had done before. I drew scenes that had various bystanders and villagers in them, reacting one way or another to the action that was taking place, and that process allowed me to push myself further visually. The process of exploration and discovery kept me engaged with the project and also helped me shoulder the long task of redoing the drawings.

In this scene, that I labeled “Foreshadowing”, the relationship between Simpleton and his helper is almost secondary to the surrounding environment. It is a drawing that perhaps did not serve the story in the best way but it was an important drawing for me as it gave me a glimpse of the direction that I hoped to grow into even more in the future. I labeled the drawing “Foreshadowing” because I wanted to write the message “You will die” using the smoke that spread behind the entire the scene. I eventually dropped the idea but residue of it is still clearly present. I became more interested in the faces and characters and felt that having that message spread across was interfering too much with the composition. One thing at a time, I suppose. I was gaining confidence. As I write this, I am not sure I would make those same choices today, but I have to be careful how much I judge and question my thought process in the past. I cannot redo these forever as I really hope to have the chance to get to the end of the story.

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