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.
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