Study for “Return” – 2 / “귀환”을 위한 습작 – 2


Study for “Return” – 2. / “귀환”을 위한 습작 – 2. Pencil on paper, 2017

In this version, I scaled the deer down and made the tree big.* I tried to make sure it looks uprooted and upside down. It still looks strange to me though – the way it’s hung on the cliff. The cliff doesn’t clearly look like one, either. Also now I don’t have much space to work on the deer. Perhaps it doesn’t need to be big – I only need to come up with a concise way to express it.

Which version do you like better? Are these tweaks making any difference? I’m curious.

*Compare the sizes of the tree & the deer
with the previous one below:

이 버전에서는 사슴을 작게 하고 나무를 크게 해 보았다.* 나무 뿌리가 뽑혀 있고 거꾸로 누워 있게 하려 했다. 아직 벼랑에 걸쳐 있는 모습이 이상해 보이고, 벼랑도 꼭 벼랑 같아 보이지 않는다. 이제 사슴을 위한 공간이 충분치 않다. 사슴이 클 필요는 없을지도 모른다. 간명하게 표현할 방법만 찾는다면.

독자들께는 어떤 버전이 나아 보이는지, 차이가 나는지 궁금하다.

* 사슴과 나무의 크기를 이전 버전과 비교해 보시길:


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11 thoughts on “Study for “Return” – 2 / “귀환”을 위한 습작 – 2”

  1. I like the version with the bigger deer. At first glance, I wasn’t sure what I was looking at with the smaller scale version … I guess which one you use also depends in part on the images and points of view that come before and after this image. Nice work though.

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    1. Thank you! It’s a good idea that there could be images before and after this one – I was only thinking of a stand-alone illustration (although I have had some story in mind!) I am playing around with different arrangements for now, but I will think about pre/sequels as well.

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    1. Thank you, Claudia! Exactly. They are different but some aspect resonates with my inner image more strongly. Yet it’s hard to find out before I flesh each version out.


    1. Thank you, Andy! My intention is to make the drawing stand on itself, so that it both describes the story and appeal to emotion. I guess making the deer small and showing the big picture helps description, while making the deer big may have stronger appeal. Such a trade-off may not be rigid, so I’m trying to find an arrangement that achieves both.


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