The image I chose to paint and recreate this project is very dear to me. I went home to Minnesota over Thanksgiving break and spent time working on my photography skills and how I could portray the city from my eyes to the lens. In addition to channeling my view of my hometown, I wanted to focus on the technical aspect and push myself to work harder on photography in the dark.
For this project, it was more fun for me to recreate the image with watercolor than the pen because I am more drawn to the brush strokes and the many variations that are able to be created with just one tool. I liked the ability to paint the image in a few different ways, and then I was interested to see how putting it back into the digital space would change the way I perceived my work.
Adding to the image digitally is always harder for me because I always enjoy the nature of printed and hand-drawn work. This time was a bit easier because I was able to use the watercolor brushes in Adobe Illustrator to enhance my work. It helped me realize the immense difference between the way you choose to paint something and the way you work digitally because there is always the ability to go back and try again in the digital space. For future works, I think it would be interesting for me to merge those two concepts, and not “undo” in the digital space to challenge myself to work with the mistakes that I have made and make them into something new.