I love this snake. He's been living quietly in my sketchbook for almost a year now, but I'd been avoiding turning him into a full-on illustration for fear that my finished product wouldn't live up to what I'd pictured in my head. It hasn't, of course---I never am quite satisfied with what I end up with, at least not right away, though it eventually grows on me and replaces the original in my head. Until then, I'm still not loving the purple background, which is a shame, considering how I now have a repetitive strain injury in my shoulder from all my digging in with the colored pencil (and my bad posture, no doubt). I could Photoshop it, sure, but at this point that feels like admitting defeat.
Anyway, what finally motivated me, other than the fact that it matched nicely with this week's theme, was a quote I'd jotted down one day right next to said sketch. I wrote it down as a reminder to myself, one that I find I constantly need:
"Artists who seeks perfection in everything are those who cannot attain it in anything." --Eugene Delacroix