Building a Solid Foundation
There’s something that can be said about the depth of shadows and style that come out in an image when you remove the clutter of too much bright coloration. Doing a black & white fractal like this once in a while really brings me back to the core of art.
I love complex, elaborate works (be they books, movies, games, images) but if the central expressive force can’t stand on its own, the rest is just wasted effort. I’ve been adjusting my own direction lately, and while my external projects might not seem to be moving along very fast, my internal structures are changing at an alarming rate, placing the foundation for great things to come.
This principle applies to everybody, all the time. You may think you have nothing going on right now, but there will always be a project of utmost importance on your plate: the unfolding of your own life, the creative expression of your soul. Don’t let it crumble under its own weight.
So how does your foundation look? Right now it may not make a difference, but a few years down the road it will be crystal clear what kind of heart your project had. Don’t confuse embelishment with good craft, don’t let your “creativity”, “vision” or “plans” get in the way of building solidly, from the ground up.