I always strive for a fresh image and generally avoid the obvious, which I guess is why I never used the Rube Goldberg concept before. But in thinking about the problems of medicare for this assignment from the Wall St. Journal, the Goldberg metaphor felt so appropriate.
Ha! Great illustration! I like the shadow over the face. Nice job and congrats!
A.Richard AllenFebruary 20, 2007
A triumph! Wasn't aware of RGoldberg (wikipedia's brought me up to speed). The UK- equivalent is William Heath Robinson. I still come out in a cold sweat when I recall doing a Heath Robinson-style machine for a newspaper section cover: one of the few occasions where I've come close to completely flipping out. I will _never_ actively suggest such a solution again to an AD as long as I live!
Zina SaundersFebruary 20, 2007
Beautiful solution, Dave. As always. Love the boot and all the little contraptions and the way they all fit together in the composition.
And I agree with Scott's comment about the way you handled his face, with the shadow cast on it.
I just can't get over how lovely your line work is...it's positively lush.
David FlahertyFebruary 20, 2007
So does it say medicare works or is just complicated. I've got to get my dad one of those Dave!
Richard A GoldbergFebruary 20, 2007
Using a Goldberg is always a great choice.
Bob StaakeFebruary 20, 2007
so fabulacious i oughta spell it PHABULACIOUS!
RANDYFebruary 20, 2007
Excellent job my talented friend. I love the treatment of the guy's head.
I have done so many Rube Golbergs....it isn't funny!
Mostly they were intentional parodies of Golberg for the Lampoon, Psychology Today and the cover of the Sunday N.Y.Times Magazine. Rube may have been a crusty ol' right-winger but he sure left us with a handy illo-solving device didn't he? I smoked a cigar with him once.
J.D. KingFebruary 20, 2007
David, nice one!
Randy, please tell us the tale on your post someday soon!
Robert SaundersFebruary 20, 2007
What is it about a Goldberg that makes it so universally coveted? Must be that style, elegance, and a certain je ne sais quoi.
David GothardFebruary 20, 2007
Rob- I believe the mistique of RG is all about the spirit of improvisation and ingenuity.
DaveF - Both!
Randy- It really is the perfect metaphor for so many issues. Maybe it's high time I stopped avoiding it.
Jim PaillotFebruary 20, 2007
Nice piece, David. And the guy at the bottom- so perfect. Rube would have loved the boot.
Larry RossFebruary 20, 2007
I've done a couple of Goldbergian take-offs but it's always been the art directors idea. Not because I don't like them but because I haven't wanted to get into the complexity. I love looking at them and this one works very well! It's the hilarious absurdity of the elaborate mechanics. All that effort for a relatively simple solution.
David G KleinFebruary 20, 2007
Great peice! Ha! I get it now. I've never done the Goldberg thing, though I've often tried. I see that my problem was that I always tried to create a machine that actually worked!
Mike MoranFebruary 20, 2007
Love the Goldberg illustration.
Randy is right about doing these. Maybe a tribute to the great Rube Goldberg show at Drawger?
Peter HermannFebruary 23, 2007
this is really nice. the lush brush strokes (it is brush right?) and especially the yellow around the man. super job David.