time to throw in the towel…

Posted: February 24, 2015 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time, music
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Looking-for-You-Mk1-web-Mo15Some drawings simply don’t work, I tried to say too much about saving our beautiful Gaia and not enough about what Old Man Crow is saying in this song, time to throw in the towel & start again!

  1. I think it stands alone Mo . . . start again by all means but don’t give up what you have. I’d love to be able to see it in more detail. I’m not sure what was intended in the song . . . perhaps Dike will be looking to seek justice for Astraea?

    • Mo Crow says:

      It almost works here backlit on the computer screen but the printout is rubbish, have spent many hours trying to improve the detail but it’s just not up to scratch, the primary line work is out of square, the imagery too complex and simply doesn’t convey the stark vision in the words which is very strong, especially this line-
      “she had an eagle on her shoulder with a laser for an eye the scales of justice hanging at her side”
      I can see her standing on the ridge looking out at the devastation of a strip mined, burning landscape
      what’s good about having one that simply doesn’t work is it brings the focus in sharp and hard

  2. Liz says:

    This takes me back to some discussions a month or so ago on a couple of blogs that boiled down to: “Does it give you joy?” Knowing when to start over (or in my case, when to pick out stitches and try again), is hardest best thing to do.

  3. epocktextiles (Jane B) says:

    difficult pleasure – i like that one. Certainly if it is bothering you, do it again and you will be happy. I never hesitate to redo and restitch if its not working, because I know how ones eye can make the perceived error become a huge blot on the landscape. seeing all your drawings here has been amazing. you are working so diligently on this part of the project – well done.

  4. Carol says:

    Very beautiful images here, Mo, but this is yours to decide. If it doesn’t work for you, then so be it. My instinct is to say Oh, keep it! but knowing you, I have faith that what comes after will be even more beautiful and breathtaking.

    • Mo Crow says:

      ah Carol, it was a wrench to decide it wasn’t good enough but anything following “Bar Room Piano” has to have “the muchness” about it otherwise it will be a let down halfway through the book and always keeping in mind that illustration is about clarifying not obscuring the meaning of the text.

  5. The drawing is beautiful, but if you’re anything like me, I know you won’t be satisfied until you think it goes with the song… good luck with your re-do!

  6. Dana says:

    I think you’re right Mo. This drawing is too diffuse for such powerful and pointed words. One of the things I have admired most as I have watched this talent merging project unfold is how successful you both are in creating your alternate universe together. What you are making is greater than the sum of its parts, but every part is needed. I’m quite excited to see how you re-imagine this song.

    • Mo Crow says:

      thank you Dana, your words are encouraging me to focus on the big picture as I have such a fondness for fiddling with the details… justice has her eyes wide open in this next image

  7. grace says:

    what a WonderFull experience this is….i love all the comments and love that you see something
    different now. Once all of the illustrations are complete, there will be a whole NEW TIME in
    your life and i can see this drawing here being a part of That….it just came too soon….it’s
    BeautyFull and you know that.

  8. I can hardly see anything on this one but the comments are so illuminating, It was enough for me.

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