Harry Campbell
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September 2009
Recent Work
This is a piece I did last week for the Atlantic. Article on how GDP is not an accurate indicator of a countries well being as there are many factors that go into a happy prosperous country. Melissa Bluey and I chatted about ideas and it turns out we were both thinking in the same direction, to show production but something amiss, crumbling factory, something like that. Since we had agreed on the general direction I just did two roughs on the same concept.

I've gotten more than a few calls over the years asking for a Rube Goldberg type of contraption. I was always aware of his work, the name pretty much being a part of the American vocabulary to describe something ridiculously complicated, circuitous, or convoluted, I played mousetrap as a kid. Did it ever really work?  The most recent request was from Josue Evilla at the Boston Globe Magazine. Josue was great to work with, I expressed how I couldn't do a true Rube Goldberg where there is a very well thought out sequence of events with a definite result, but I could certainly do something with that feel. The story was on political corruption in Boston and what Josue really wanted to show was a politician receiving bribes from contractors, many bribes, that kind of thing, a composition with lots going on.

rough A
rough B
rough C
This was a piece I did for Larry Williams at Pace Communications, they're the design house that does the beautiful United Airlines Mag and many others. This was to be an illustration for one of their magazines on Real Estate showing some do's and dont's of buying. I sometimes enjoy these info type illustrations if the art directors are willing to make them a bit more than that. I've been doing technical type illustrations for This Old House and others, sometimes fun, sometimes a headache. This was fun and I enjoyed doing this very dead on cross section approach.

The front of the garage.
the back
inside, two of the four bikes that I share my space with. My wife recently inherited about ten boxes of albums from her dad, note the Saul Bass cover on the left. I already had the DVD but to have this nearly pristine cover is very sweet.
Where I am most of my day.
Working alone all day in a small space, something most of us have in common. I have switched my studio like five times over the past ten years since moving to Baltimore. First I was in my spare bedroom, then I shared a space at a renovated mill, a dark and smelly basement space, then I moved to another rather featurless space, then I converted half my garage (see below), worked there for a few years, got antsy and moved out to another renovated mill space with a few of the same artists, over time found I used my home space more than my shared space so subletted my shared space.

It seems living and working in the same space is just the most productive for me, no in between time, no drive, though I often rode my bike. But I like to just roll out of bed and work or work whenever I want. When I renovated this garage I only took half as the other is full of junk. Now considering taking the whole garage, which requires building another outbuilding for all the junk, which is mostly tools, kids bikes, etc. My middle son has shown an interest in woodworking so I'm considering building a small shed/shop.

I want to get back into actual drawing and possibly printing or other tactile experiments and this is why I am thinking of expanding the space. So need room for a drawing table and some sort of work/cutting table. I had plumbing lines run out during my home reno project so I am set to hook up a sink and some sort of bathroom setup.

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