Knowing when to stop —and when not to

How to know when a piece of art is done, that is a question I’ve had in my mind off and on for a very long time. On one hand, I’ve made some artwork that I finished quickly and I liked it. Other times I try to put more time into it and it gets to a point where I wish I had stopped earlier. But is it right to stop at the first point of being pretty happy with it? With design, it’s rarely a good idea to go with the first draft. And when I look at other artists’ work—artists I particularly admire, I get the feeling that they have worked much longer and more intentionally than I ever do.

So how to go forward? This is a time that I feel the need for a mentor. I’m not sure where to find one, so I guess I will just make a commitment to force myself to work past the moment I would otherwise stop, even if it means I’m “ruining” what I’ve done. I know I can do better. (Can’t I?)

This blog idea came to me through looking at a book of Illustration. I’ve just discovered an Illustrator whose work I absolutely love: Bernard Buffet. Wow! How have I missed this work? I predict a fair amount of my time in the near future will be spent on the site! Check it out! (I’ve added the link to the Inspiring Artists links on the right.)

PS. Sorry —no image this blog. Next time, I promise.