Harry Campbell
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January 2011
Fits and Starts
I have a folder on my drive called Personal Work, should be called Harry's pit of doubt and despair. I know all of you do personal work, as do I, but it is the area of my work where I am the most insecure. E-mail comes in with a  job I'm like a dog on a track, no problem. Personal work I'm like a dog in a very large pen with lots of distractions. Anyway, here are a few choice selections from said file.
I keep telling people I'm due for a big shakeup, seems every five years or so in my life I have to just tear everything down and rebuild, a restlessness of sorts, or maybe more of a reaction to a growing sense of boredom with what I'm doing. Not sure what the shakeup is but the way to get it going is to just sit down and do some work, unpaid work.
Only 4 more floors of personal lives to illustrate. I've always been kind of fascinated by this idea of how anything can be going on behind the walls of your apartment, anything. Or in my neighborhood how in ten years I have no idea what is behind the front doors of these neighbors.

Think this was a rough for Soojin. I would live there-once it's finished.

I wasn't thinking Bakal, but....

Inspired by a drawing in the Bauhaus exhibit at MOMA. The trick is to draw it upside down-not just flipping it.

My boy-a bit of Rotoscoping I'm afraid.

Playing with the new line weight tools in Illustrator.

Living the Dream
This was a personal piece-started as a rough for a Soojin cover. Thanks Soojin.

When I was younger I was obsessed with getting my work accepted into the Society of Illustrators, of course my work back then wasn't what would be accepted into SI, mostly spots, cartoonish, derivative. About five years ago my career tanked, or I should say my second career tanked, my first career was as a wandering jack of all trades designer in NY for ten or so years. My first go at illustration was a way out of my full time job, I wasn't happy with that illustration work, well not entirely, but it paid well and I liked being self employed. Anyway, that fell apart or at least work slowed to a point where I was comfortable setting it adrift. I wasn't sure of my future, whether I would return to NY and resume my career as a designer or what. What I did do was to begin to draw and see and solve problems in a new and I think more honest way. Didn't know if I would get work but I did, lots of work, and not the spots I was accustomed to but covers, full pagers, NYT op-ed work. What? wait a second this is the illustration career I dreamed of when I was a student, gave up on when I needed to make a living, gave up on again when I was rejected by the society again and again. Funny how life is, being in the Society shows pretty much every year of late is quite an honor, and even more so when it's your third time around. I do not take it for granted.
Done for 100 Heads for Haiti benefit art auction, SPUR Design, Baltimore.

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