Harry Campbell
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August 2009
That Header
Okay third post on me trying to get excited about my work, blah, blah, blah. So indulge me one more time as some have asked about the banner image. I'm sure many of you experience that place where you just show up and work, kind of like a job that you tire of. Well, maybe not entirely, I have a great job, I love the freedom I have to not set my alarm, hop out of bed into the same pants I wore yesterday and the flip flops that have worn in nicely over the summer. Maybe I just get lazy and need to get my s--- together now and again.

Well, Soojin is of course one of the best people to try something new for, I mean, that's why she calls. Harry, the subject is "unreasonable" that's it or "too much" . This was to be a cover and used as a full page as well.
I did a few roughs that said unreasonable or too much and then I just felt like drawing an elephant or maybe I was thinking of an elephant in a small room which of course is "too much." The actual article was on something like how do you know when your charging your clients too much. In my sketch the elephnat was on a stage and just had this thing on his back. Soojin simply had one comment which was to put the elephant on a ball to convey this balancing act idea. I took that one step further to a tightrope and added the spinning plates.

The rough for the elephant idea.
My thinking here was like a huge invoice arriving and tearing through several floors before landing on your desk. Still too connected to the business thing-cliche?
Unreasonable. It may be a bit too influenced by the work of others.
The image that we ended up doing doesn't leave any room for the masthead or cover copy, though I did make the image more vertical so Soojin could move it and use more of that less detailed top area, also serves to make the inside piece slightly different from the cover. I offered to do a second image for the cover, but of course she wouldn't think of it. I'm dying to see how the cover comes out.
Voyeurism revisited
A few weeks back I posted a work in progress of this piece on the right, how I was going to use it as promotion, something about my rep not being comfortable with it (hi guys). Well, my reps are great folks and as soon as I posted this image I got a call to straighten things out, to be sure I didn't misunderstand them, and that they simply wanted a mix of images on our promotional pages.

Anyway, just goes to show how popular Drawger is. So I redesigned both my Workbook page and this page which goes out in a small, very nice spiral bound book that my rep produces- to include more of the new work that I've been having fun with and less of the work that I'm known for and really don't need to push so much. I wasn't sure where i was going with this pink piece and so I put it in a frame, inspired in no small part by Cathie Bleck's beautiful art framed in those oval frames with the convex glass. The image is also very voyeuristic so I briefly considered doing some sort of peep hole but this seemed a better choice.

I've been trying to focus on things that I like to draw. I've always loved doing patterns and repeating images, symetrical, somewhat symetrical, graphic, flat, etc. I've been doing so many machines and technology stuff, which I like but now things like leaves and pinecones hold special appeal. I'm thinking this is like a book jacket or something.
Ghost Bike
Not sure if Drawger is the place to post this, but many of you know me as a bike person and many of you are bike people or otherwise open minded citizens who question how we do things here in America. Yesterday evening I rode down to the ceremonial placing of a ghost bike in memory of a cyclist killed last week. Ghost bikes are installed across the country wherever a cyclist is killed, I believe this is Baltimore's first. The area where the man was killed is central to many colleges including my art school, MICA, which you can see from the spot. He was in fact heading to the University of Baltimore where he was pursuing one of his many post graduate degrees. I am always ranting to anyone who will listen about how we live in such a car centric culture where unlike say France, bikes are considered a nuisance to most motorists, and as in this man's case probably went unseen.

So, fellow cyclists, please be careful out there, and when we're in cars be watchful and drive slow.,0,6006681.story

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