[Tips] Sitting on It

As I was looking for imagery to go with this topic, I came across the gem above and was compelled to post it. Now that I've stopped laughing, I figured I'd discuss the importance of "sitting on it." No, not Admiral Ackbar's mouth; a piece of artwork. More often than not, it's hard not to get too excited about a piece of work and just call it "finished" on your first notion. I'm tempted to do this all the time, and it can really keep your work from progressing to the next level. It can also be a bit embarrassing when you turn a piece of "finished" artwork in to an Art Director only to have them come back with "This is coming along great, but it doesn't look finished." So what do you do? You sit on it. Any time you think a piece of work is really finished, STOP FOR THE DAY. Don't even look at it until the next day. I guarantee you'll see a lot more clearly once you've come down from the initial art buzz (or caffeination high). This requires a bit of extra discipline, but even just a small amount of work above and beyond can really help to sell an image. To demonstrate this point, I've created a gif animation below that shows the difference between what I initially thought was finished and what was actually finished.

All of the changes made were small, but it's surprising how noticeable they are.

Anyway, it's back to work for me. I think I'll put a poll up on Thursday to see if you guys actually find any of these posts useful at all. Always trying to build a better blog (hence the new color arrangement).

Oh and the Admiral Ackbar toilet was discovered on Geekologie.com.