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Unexpectedly switching Mediums mid-way through?

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Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
The topic is: Do you find yourself switching mediums mid-way through a project unexpectedly? (Key word: Unexpectedly - not includes where you switch mediums intentionally such as photography to matte/paint)

- Do you do this often?

- What causes you to do this? (boredom, better skill with other medium, etc..)

- Do you find you tend to like it more or regret it?

In my own case, this week I've been working on some Fan Art line art for a watercolor piece. As I was ready to print the lines today, I decided to fiddle with a digital paint program to see what the color theme might look best as...

...and then I painted a bit more...

...an hour passes by and I realize I'm 1/3 done with a digital paint. The quality is alright, could be better, but now I feel like I should go the full way. I'll likely still finish my watercolor, but I think I'll find it neat to see it in both mediums.

So how about you? Have any unexpected art mixes that turned out wonderful? or awful?
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Vineris Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I never switch media halfway through unless I see a big problem developing with the picture and think that switching to a different medium is the solution.

I guess I'll sometimes start a picture, abandon it halfway through, and then come back to it months or years later and think "this would be better in pencil crayon". But at that point it's more like restarting than switching.
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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Hmm, yeah that makes sense. I've had a few where I leave for months (or years) to 'age' and then come back and say, "I should totally remake this...with something else." By then it does feel fresh, restarting as you say. *nod*

Thanks for your thoughts!
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trailerstash Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
This is seem like that a new piece is now make the questions, and wants to experiment with it, Even if it fails to look good in either medium, I think I'll have learned much from it.



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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Yes, that is what I think now as I switch mediums. We can learn from our failures; even if we make mistakes, they help us grow.^^

Thank you for your thoughts. :)
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I just do whatever feels right for the project I am doing. If it requires switching up, sure. :shrug:   
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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
I see. Do you often try doing multiple versions of the same one (if the feeling hits)? or just stick with what you feel is the 'best' version?
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:iconphoenixleo:
phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
That I do. From there then I select what I feel is the best version. That can get hard when I sometimes feel like I like both versions D:
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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Ahh. Well, experimenting can be fun, at least! Thanks for your thoughts.^^
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phoenixleo Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013
No problem. :)
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:iconfionacreates:
FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I tend to go with what I think would look right for the piece, so yes I switch up quite a lot, I've even restarted because something didn't work.

From personal experience if I am trying to do a watercolour/digital etc and just keep pushing and pushing til it fits the fit is never right, so it's best just to change your plan than keep ahead with one that isn't working.
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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hmm, I see. I tend to over-plan so I don't have to restart something mid-way, but I think I'm being a bit OCD. I think you're right about changing mediums when it's needed, art should be about experimenting and expressing. :nod:

This new piece is now making me question (and want to experiment with) how I use my tools. Even if it fails to look good in either medium, I think I'll have learned much from it.

Thank you for your thoughts, Pyrochan. :)
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I always plan for 'real' pieces (not just glorified doodles) but sometimes it's not working. And instead of getting stressed and going "WELL I WANTED ACRYLICS!" I just go "ok let's try something else." Planning is good but sometimes a sketch or a test piece looks more free than the real thing, so I find the minute I'm cracking out the paints and not just sketching and thumbnailing I'm not planning anymore XD
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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Hah, sounds pretty fun. I think I'll just have to start doing that - random sketches on the fly!
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I started doing 'sketches' in my sketchbook straight with acrylics or watercolours, no drawings first. You certainly do fuck up a bit sometimes, but it really teaches you to be more confident, and you can then apply that to your process. Part of why I often do switch is not because it doesn't look good but because my hand isn't obeying me that day but when I start with a new medium it just flows like it should. So why fight? XD
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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013
Yikes. Straight to acrylics, now that's daring! And yeah, sometimes my own brain gets stuck with certain movement-habits. Switching it up makes sense! More focus with new tools. :D
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FionaCreates Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2013  Professional General Artist
I've been working straight to paint now for yeaaaars. I'm worse now with an undersketch. I just sketch it in paint now. then paint over the sketch, no pesky pencil marks then.
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:iconebonsong:
Ebonsong Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2013
Ooh. What about grooves/lines from the acrylic? Does that bother you much or do you lay it super thin when lining?
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