I’ve hit a wall in these illustrations for my book. I’ve finished 2/3 of the illustrations so far and the ones that are left are feeling impossible to deal with right now. Either I can’t come up with a concrete image because the idea for the chapter is so abstract, or the image that is right isn’t that visually interesting enough on its own. For example, I have a chapter that involves the image of a butter knife, which on its own isn’t exactly visually stimulating to look at. I can tell already that these last illustrations are going to really challenge me conceptually.
There’s also a learning curve that is starting to happen with the illustrations. As my new illustrations become more refined and realistic, the older illustrations are starting to look more like cartoons. This illustration of Rome that you see above was fine to me a few weeks ago, but now compared to the more recent illustrations comes across as overly simplified and flat. It seems like more than ever, the rejection pile is getting thicker by the moment.