The paper in the Moleskine sketchbook is soft and lovely to touch, but it’s thin. I most often work on watercolor blocks or digitally, so it’s been a while since I had to worry about wrinkling and bleed through. The early decision I made about using Sharpie marker to trace line drawings into the book created the biggest challenge of the project.
The line drawings bled through to the back side of every page. I had a spread with a lizard, snake, frog or turtle followed by half of one animal and half of the next spread. It was like I had half a book of mutant creatures. How could I deal with this?
I committed to myself that I was going to work with whatever emerged. I was under time pressure. I’d just have to do the best I could. I tried a lot of different things using a variety of materials in layers on top of the mutants. Here are some of the solutions I came up with (click to see larger)
One of the hardest parts of these pages was deciding when to stop. I never felt they were completely resolved, so I was continuously tempted to add just one more layer or detail. In the end, it was the thin pages that began to dictate. I could only work back into them so much before they started to tear.
What do you do?
What does it take for you to see a challenge as a creative opportunity? When you are struggling for a solution how do you know when to stop?