... "I'll just keep on saving all that old stuff ..."
It looks classy from here, but if you saw it in its original form -- in a
well-worm 11x14 sketch book some 30 years old, you'd see what aging can do
to good art. On the other hand, look at it as it is -- after being
resurrected by employing Photoshop. I'll wager that I've spent more time
in resurrection than in original creation.
The picture had faded over the years. and when I went to photograph it,
the cream-colored pages of my art book had turned a strong yellowish-gray
color. I spent lots of time resurrecting those old drawings, and the
result is as you see it above -- having left much of the gray shading --
like it was designed to be there. Gray.
Lots of those old sketches have faded away, but with the magic of
Photoshop (some $700 of editing propensity), I have been able to save much
of my original art. Time passes, however, and I am precipitously close to
closing life's book. The heart operation of a year ago has probably given
me another five years, before something else gives out. We'll work on the
art until that time comes. I'm positive of that.
January 6. 2017