I’m in a perpetual fight between the need for consistency in my body of work versus my constant desire to explore new territory.
I’ve always struggled with doing things exactly the same way as I’ve done them before.
Because of this I think I was subliminally putting off starting painting the pages of Metamorphosis - the companion Artist’s Book to Angel’s Trumpet despite completing the covers a year ago.
Once I became aware of the source of the resistance I was able to tweak the work to stay within the parameters I’ve set myself but still introduce a bit of novelty for challenge.
Checklist for Visual Consistency
At times like this I run through this checklist for consistency from Jason Horejs (owner of Xanadu Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona, and author of Red Dot Blog). He says,
“I use a simple, although admittedly subjective, metric...to judge consistency. I look at six criteria
A quick run down the list tells me I'm keeping the same
and in the
As a result, my resistance receded and I felt excited about getting to work. The first page of “Metamorphosis” is now complete.
*You can't really get a sense of the metallic paint in this image. I'll try to take a better photo this week.
How do you check for creative consistency?
Do you establish criteria in advance to make sure that your body of work is consistent? Share in the comments.