It’s one of those questions that artists face – Which is more satisfying, working on a large, involved project or focusing on smaller pieces that have a more immediate result?
I think that I ultimately get more satisfaction from my larger pieces. They tend to be more challenging and help me to hone my skills. I love that feeling as I hammer the last rivet, polish the last surface, and get a good look at the finished work. It does take more out of me emotionally though. Sometimes I have to take a little time to get the creative juices flowing again. After spending two weeks, a month, or two months intensely focusing on one thing it can be hard to switch gears.
That’s where it helps to work on the smaller pieces. They’re quick, you get immediate results, and you can work through different design ideas without as much pressure. Sometimes these smaller projects lead to a series that explores one idea from many angles. And boy is it satisfying to end each day with something tangible and complete to show for my efforts.
Which do you prefer – working on one big project or blasting out a bunch of smaller ones?