David Gothard
September 2006
Last Call....
This is a last feeble attempt to lure some fellow Drawgers out to our show's opening tonight, Friday, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. Hey, we're only 80 miles this side of the Hudson river, and if the promise of an endless supply of wine, good food, stimulating conversation and some OK art, all in beautiful, historic, downtown Bethlehem is not enuf to entice you...jest stay home. I'll remove this redundant post by tomorrow. For more info: DG
When things get HAIRY
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.
Another rush job bull
Assignment: A good economy powered by companies using symbols and slogans. Well, I just had to have some fun with this. Here's my solution. For all of you tired of lookin at my dark, brooding, topical pictures.....the lighter side of Gothard.
Where's the Bacon?
For those of us that feel less than tidy as concerns our is a glimpse of the late great Francis Bacon & HIS studio.
What was he thinking?
Today's illo, on the Pope's unfortunate comments. I wanted an austere image, to emphasize how polarizing religion can be.
A blast from Halloween past...
Time warp....this is an early job that brought a good deal of attention (1982 - checkitout!). I was repped by a legend in his day - Ted Riley, who passed away shortly after this date. Ted was furious with me - post job - because the editor called and asked for the original art (as a gift!), and I agreed. Hey, I was still pretty green! Ted was big on selling the original art - no gifts. The biz was then run by his nephew Whit Stillman (now of independent film fame - Metropolitan, Barcelona, etc.). He used it on all the promos. That was the last of my positive agent experience.
That's right, I'm not from Texas.
You gotta love this guy.
My one and only ever music post..... Last night, Lyle Lovett and his big band performed in Princeton, NJ and I was among the sold out audience. His quirky personna and lyrics were balanced by some legends in the music biz, mostly from Austin & L.A., that comprise the band. They blend R&B, rock, bluegrass & yes, country, seamlessly. He makes me wanna wear a ten gallon hat.
While on the Subject of religious icons
This self portrait, more in the spirit of Nietzsche, I suppose, is titled "a bad day in the studio". I'm really not this gloomy....honest.
An Odd illo....
This piece illustrates the recently released 911 phone calls. There was no story at the point of assignment, just an author's blurb that said the sounds we will remember are not that of the planes crashing into the buildings, but the last calls made from the burning towers. This is a strange image, I think, but was my initial response . The art director relayed the editor's less than enthusiatic rejection; "looks like a hallmark card". So I sent a few other images along that were of a much graver (such a word?) tone. The editor finally decided he actually likes the first image...a lot. Moral: Take heart....editors are not umpires.
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