Thursday, July 5, 2012

Back in the saddle again

This is the ForexPros comic from two weeks ago.  It's a side-by-side comparison of Ben Bernanke and the now NBA Finals Champ Lebron James.  Because I don't come up with the subject matter of the comics and my understanding of the financial world is limited, I can't actually fully explain this comic.  I can tell you that "FOMC" stands for Federal Open Market Committee.  I can't imagine that will be particularly enlightening, but it's the best I got right now.

I can, however, discuss the drawing of this comic.  So here goes:

The pattern so far when it comes to the Forex work is for me to talk about what I think/feel about the illustration, particularly how those thoughts and feelings are influenced by the amount of time I have to produce said illustration.  That's gonna be true for this one, too.  There's a direct relationship for me between the deadline and how much I like an illustration once that deadline has passed.  Typically, less time equals less liking by me.

It's no secret that I'm particular about my illustrations.  I love detail and I love craftsmanship.  And I figure if I'm going to work on something people are going to see, I want it to be the best I can do.  But the metric is different when the phrase changes to "The best I can do within this period of time."  I'm having a hard time reconciling the fact that standards (my own expectations for an illustration) HAVE TO change when there's significantly less time.  I'm used to being able to work on something until I'm happy with every aspect of it.  That kind of time is a luxury I just don't have with Forex.  But I continue to look at a drawing done in 12 hours and apply the same standards I use for drawings that take a a week or longer.

I can say these comics are the best I can do in the amount of time I have.  I can say that with certainty.  But they're not the best I can do PERIOD, which kinda gets my goat.

As for the drawing itself: I'm getting more accustomed to drawing Bernanke.  I sometimes wonder how often the people I draw actually see the drawings of themselves and what they think of the likenesses.  I can't imagine Ben Bernanke will ever see any of these, but if he does I hope he finds them to be relatively accurate.

Lebron James, however, has an extremely difficult face to draw.  Every once in a while, I will draw a face that seems like it should be a breeze.  I thought this about James.  His face is square, his brows are deep-set, and his hairline is almost a perfect line.  It should have been a snap.  And yet I must have done a half-dozen sketches and none of them looked right.  Some people are more challenging to draw than others for me.  This is why the sketch looks so much different than the final version.  Bernanke's face went through a revision as well, but not nearly as many as Lebron.


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