caged bird - simplicity, before and now

[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent="yes" overflow="visible"][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type="1_1" background_position="left top" background_color="" border_size="" border_color="" border_style="solid" spacing="yes" background_image="" background_repeat="no-repeat" padding="" margin_top="0px" margin_bottom="0px" class="" id="" animation_type="" animation_speed="0.3" animation_direction="left" hide_on_mobile="no" center_content="no" min_height="none"]caged bird illustration by penelope dullaghan A few weeks ago on social media I started showcasing archived work for Throw-back-Thursday #tbt. It's been interesting to revisit past work and take a peek at how my style has changed, shifted and changed back over the years. I made the piece above, "Caged Bird", a long time ago now. It was well-liked, and I loved how simple it was. Basic shape and color. Striking image. Done. But then shortly after this piece, my style shifted to be more complex and detailed. I drew with more lines, scenes were more elaborate and there was more experimentation with different media (something I'll always do, I think).

But lately, just this year I guess - I find myself shifting back to simpler images. Bolder blocks of color, simpler shapes, fewer lines. I'm not exactly sure why, but it feels like it fits right now. I like that it feels easy and free. And I've been getting lots of great work from clients in this simpler style - so that's telling I guess.

I don't know if there are any conclusions or AHAs moments here. Just observing.[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]