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When things get HAIRY
posted: September 27, 2006
Today's WSJ cover art....
Confession: I love quick turnovers....for me it's the ultimate challenge. To solve an assignment conceptually, sketches and final art, all in a mere three hours. For better, or worse, it has become my niche. I think I was a two bit gunslinger in my former life. When it gets hairy is when the image is packed with visual elements, sometimes integral to the image, sometimes at the behest of a non visual editor who fears the message will not be clear unless we hit them over the head with the kitchen sink. I always fight for the integrity of the image...the freshest concept. Where I will compromise is on the minutiae. An extra sign here, a condo there. When the clock is like a ticking time bomb, I set up the execution of the final art like a Zen experience. On goes John Coltraine (this time) and I get into a comfortable groove.... find the meter to carry me through when there are no allowances for a clumsy brushstroke, or a badly rendered alligator foot. Then it's just me and "the white bull". The world at large slips away and the paper is mine to stain with something beautiful, or odious.
7 comments
Edel Rodriguez September 27, 2006
Nice job man! I know what you mean about quick turnarounds and lots of detail. I usually try to go with something "simple and graphic"!
Bob Staake September 27, 2006
dg: NOTHIN' like the quick turnover. that tick tick ticking of the clock always works well with sweat dripping off your nose. sorta like when you're making a bomb. bs
David Gothard September 27, 2006
Jeff: You give me more credit than is due. The shape of the alligator as Florida is just a happy accident. Bob: Yeah, it's a regular symphony....sweat drip, drool drop, cough, sputter, fart....... Thankyee all, for the kind words. DG
Larry Ross September 27, 2006
David, Whew! Another great piece done under pressure. I really dig the colors and you're always the "king of concepts". Thanks for the downright eloquent description of your "rush-job" process. I've never seen it put any better. Larry
Robert Saunders September 27, 2006
Beautiful job, David.
Mike Moran September 28, 2006
You always amaze me, as a artist and fast artist too! What was the reason the article said people are leaving Florida (the hurricanes)?
David Gothard September 28, 2006
Mike- Thanks! All the reasons are depicted on the back of the alligator.... hurricanes, soring cost of housing, condo living. The exodus has left the public schools with a record low enrollment. Florida is the elephant burial grounds. Thanks Rob, Larry, et al. DG
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