10.07.2009

at home

often in between being busy with life i like to go back to work i've done and re-visit it. i have sort of a secret fantasy of working digitally, for both the freedom it provides and the opportunity. i like to take pieces i've completed and re-imagine them , how they might look if i took my work one direction or another. i think this is a useful tool, because often times i get good ideas that i can translate into my existing work - to help it grow. if you read my blog on the regular you know i wrestle with style alot. partially, because i know there are a million places i want to take my work, and sometimes letting it happen naturally can feel too slow - also, partially because i have a strong desire to further distance myself from my laundry list of influences and amazing illustrators. Its no secret that i love taxali's work, or dan pages, or devon bowmans etc etc. and so its important to me to continue not to step on their toes through my progression. the one thing i know, is that to me atleast - my work has come a long way from this point last year - as im sure it will continue to. i have alot of ideas, not the least of which are limited by the tools i use to create. i have had success and i have had failures branching out, i guess the important thing is to continue to branch. i crave feeling understood.
heres one of those "revisited" pieces - i have some new work to post soon, just thought i'd share some thoughts. thanks.

5 comments:

bryce huffman said...

Hey man, post the old one with this one. Dont make me work...

Kyle T. Webster said...

Pete, your work is very smart and I don't think you borrow too heavily from your influences. I see evidence of a few 'big names' in some of your pieces, but the thinking is your own and I can think of many illustrators who are simply lifting more established artists' styles - you are not doing that.

Still, it's a good exercise (revisiting pieces), and it will probably lead to some very cool results.

PS - I love the illustration from the previous post (no worries theme). It's one of those 'why didn't I think of that?' images - super smart.

mark said...

I'm sure as long as you keep working and thinking as hard as you do you'll get to where it is you want to be with your work in no time. Although it's scary to think where that place will be because your work is amazing already! Hope the move went well Pete, speak soon.

Michael said...

I often struggle with the same issue: trying to distance myself from my favorite artists. It's a constant struggle.

Keep up the fantastic work, and thank you for sharing your thoughts!

pete ryan said...

thanks you guys,
i really appreciate your feedback