Robert Zimmerman
November 2009
2009 Drawger Annual
Heck yeah! It's the 2009 Drawger Annual folks!

The tradition of the Drawger Annual, since it's humble beginnings in 2006, have always been the same. The Good People of Drawger send in their favorite piece from the year, and Drawger displays everything that arrives. It's just another way to show off the remarkable people that make this place so freakin' cool.

Thought it would be fun to release this one during Illustration Week in New York, which I'm looking forward to attending. In fact, as soon as I post this, I'm walking out the door, waking up the Black Acura (the Blackura) and bustin' out the 12 hour drive (gave up on those airplane contraptions a while back) to NYC.

Definitely this on Tuesday: Hanoch Piven Workshop at The Society of Illustrators.
Without a Doubt: The American Illustration Party on Thursday (oh yeah)

Oh and this: For reasons that baffle even the greatest minds of the century, The Society of Illustrators decided that I need to help judge the editorial category for Illustrators 52. Funny thing, me and my associate Josh Carpenter actually wrote the program that runs the online judging deal and I am considering hacking it so that everyone here at Drawger  wins at least something...well, it's been on my mind anyway. At any rate, I'm in some swell company: Guy Billout, DJ Stout, Larry Gendron, Hanoch Piven, Matt Mahurin, Luba Lukova and Otto Steininger. I imagine they'll be wondering just who the heck the loud mouthed odd-ball is that keeps taking smoke breaks and drinking all the coffee.

Hope to see lots of the usual suspects and get familiar with all the great people I haven't yet been able to meet!

Hey: Is there a Ticker-Tape Parade to end Illustration Week in which O'Brien, Flaherty, Kroninger, Stahl and all the others that stayed in NYC, wave sublimlely from convertibles? I would really enjoy that parade. Yes I would.

Many thanks to Leo Espinosa for designing the 2009  poster. Hope everyone enjoys the show.

Ohger - For Students
  Did this finally after many stops and starts: Ohger, a site for students and recent grads in illustration.

  What happened: I've been wondering for two years solid whether I could (or even should) do something for students of illustration, to help them find out who each other are, provide them with a site where they can learn about best practices from professionals and quite possibly get exposed to a few art directors along the way.

   Pacing back and forth on the idea, that's what I've been doing. "Yes I should do it!", "No way you dope, it's a really really lousy idea!", "Yes indeed, I must make this happen if I can!", "Get a freakin' grip dude, it's the lamest idea since melba toast."

  I finally stopped pacing and struck a semi-heroic pose in the mirror. Said,  Yes, " I need to make this happen if I possibly can"

  Why oh why: If illustration hasn't yet crossed the border into the Wild West, where the rules no longer apply and the law is nowhere to be found East or West of the Pecos, it looks to me like that unhappy horizon is rapidly approaching.

  Free is becoming the new normal. 

  Sure thing, most working professionals delivered a free piece of art when they were fresh out of school, in exchange for dubious exposure. Perhaps they did a piece for chump change to get a client listing as well. Today, those opportunities are much more pervasive and abundent  enough to start looking like free is gearing up as the new normal. What are the newcomers supposed to do, except to hopefully band together if they can and take a stand? I'm hoping Ohger will be a buttress in that defense.

  I figure that if illustration (which is the only thing I actually like besides kids playing baseball) is going to hold some ground, I can at least help get these students talking in one place if I can. Hopefully the pros will stop in to offer encouragement as well.

  OHGER.COM - for students of illustration and recent grads (one year out only). Hit me!

   Like everything else I try to help with, it may well be dashed to bits on the rocks below. If that's the case, so be it. I'm giving the idea time and effort  now and at the very least I don't have to pace around any more thinking about it.

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