Monday, September 29, 2008
Here's the latest illustration for the agricultural magazine I work for. I spent this past weekend on it and just finished minutes ago. I must say that, within the context of my professional illustrations (which is to say, those commissioned by magazines and newspapers), the last three for "Programs and People" are three of my favorite. Now, how long that positive assessment will last, I have no idea. It will likely be only a matter of days before I can't stand to look at them. However, for the moment, I'm satisfied and that satisfaction I think speaks to the direct relationship between the amount of time I spend on a piece and its quality post-mortem (a term a former editor used to use in regards to an illustration after it's been printed). Perhaps the best piece of professional advice I've received came from an illustrator named Norman Felchle, who told me to give each project equal deference, regardless of how much or how little money you might make from it.