These new pieces are causing me more grief.. I can't believe what a design challenge they are. I'm sure you're thinking, come on, it's just some critters on a wood frame....
Well it's not just critters.. in fact, the accessories are as much a problem as the critters. How many books, what color books, what size books, do i write on them or just paint them?? Here I have a whole bunch of books I started painting that may or may not be added to the final piece.
speaking of what may or may not be added to the final piece, I created this entire row of critters for this pieces. That was after I decided not to go with pigs.... but none of these critters fit well on the wood... not that they didn't physically fit, they just didn't work. So that's when i created the zonkeys you see above.
Sometimes the critters don't work. Look at this pig. He won't go on anything because his book doesn't fit his critter. I'll either re-book him or toss him altogether. Most likely toss him. Again showing how difficult it is for me to create a complete artwork that I feel works.
And i'm still not finished with this piece. The giraffe in the top right corner is new. He replaced a cat. The cat didn't work. i can't explain why. I'm not sure the giraffe works either but I won't know till i add a few more accessories. you can see a spot in the bottom right corner where some books were removed. I have some replacement books drying...
i think this piece is close.