Recently, I've been going through a miniature crisis in my art life. I can never figure out what size I want pieces to be.
I did a lot of sitting at my most recent convention at the end of November. When I first started working on this design, in the downtime between talking about my art and meeting con-goers, it was about the size of a really large postage stamp. On the grand scale of art, it was tiny. "Hand me the magnifying glass" small.
I got home from the convention and felt inspired to make a giant piece. 17x11 inches, the largest paper that I have. A TON of details would go into making it. But filling a 17x11 with Pigma Microns is a sure way to have to buy more pens.
And then, after doing the center design and some background, those plans went straight on the elevator to hell. I hated it large. Not because it would take a herculean effort to make it look right, but because everything was off - the proportions, the line weights, the light / dark balance. It just wasn't turning right.
I put it aside for a couple weeks, and figured that by the time I look at it again, I'll be reinspired to continue work on the large scale.
Keep an eye out on this one; it might be headed into your mailbox for the month of January.