I love creating new art, but once in a while I like to take an old piece and breathe new life into it.
The CBIG blog
is celebrating NYC illustrator’s week by asking members to share a tip
and an illustration. My tip is about revising old art to give it new
life. When people think of revision, they usually think
of text, but pictures can be revised as well. Many times the image gets
revised as it goes from sketch to final, but sometimes you have a piece
that just doesn’t work out, or a piece you always loved that doesn’t
fit your current style. Those are prime candidates for revision.
Things to consider when revising old art: composition, emotion, color, character, and what the illustration is for (fun, portfolio, job, etc.).
Here are a few pieces I’ve revised recently:
What’s new: snow (instead of rain), the cat (instead of a
stuffed toy moose and stuffed toy bunny), and multiple changes to the
girl on the right. It’s a lot better than it was before, but not
perfect. Maybe some day I’ll revise it again!
What’s new: almost everything! All I kept from the original
image was the shape of the whale and the water. This is one of my
favorite revisions. I also did a second paisley whale image. See all three pictures here.
(Note: the original whale image was inspired by a whale I had done
years earlier, but that image only showed the face, not the entire
What’s new: the clouds and grass (plain blue BG before), the expression on the dog’s face, and the caption. This revision is for Illustration Friday
this week; the prompt is, “burning.” A person running into this dog
might say, “The firecracker is about to go off! The wick is already
burning! Everybody run!” (Note: the old drawing was based on an even
older watercolor painting of a firecracker wielding wiener dog.)
Secret NaNoWriMo Novel: Speaking of revision, I decided to let my zombie novel sit
for a while before rewriting it. I started writing a new novel for NaNoWriMo
that I’m really excited about (I officially started Nov. 8th). I’m
keeping most of the details secret for now, but I can tell you that it’s
YA and it’s a romance.
Do you ever revise an old image or story that didn’t quite work out the first time? Have you had success with it?