Essence and Development
Here's my conundrum: as oft as not, the essence of a thing that is captured in the sketch is lost in refinement. Drawing allows for conceits of complete fantasy that, were they rendered in the round, would lack conviction. On the page, deceptions are accepted without consideration in exchange for pleasant illusion and...feeling.
I quickly reach this crisis sculpting; the essential gesture is attained with ease- and the struggle becomes retaining it through development of the form. I want truth with an exponent- both in representation AND expression. Is that folly? Accepting the expressive gesture without developed form has the taint of a partial victory- while development that lacks expression is total failure. Is that the risk of reaching for greatness- or just the cost or just the cost of artistic maturity? Or does it reflect a fundamental error of hubris and immature lack of acceptance of personal limitations?