Harry Campbell
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November 2009
More OP-ED
I did this piece last week for Leanne at the Op-Ed. The story was a good one for imagery though kind of tough to do without being offensive. Basically looks at how the media and the left were very hesitant to call the killer in the Ft. Hood shootings a terrorist, and how the rights support of the "war on terror" is really just creating such anger amongst Muslims here and abroad that events like the Ft. Hood shooting are possibly a result. There are other points like no matter how much you fight the extremist there are more being created by the violence perpetrated on Muslims, a vicious cycle. Some of the images convey the idea that any muslim is a potential terrorist, not my belief but a view brought up in the article.

I just finished the John Krakauer book on the killing of Pat Tillman. A very tragic sad tale, this guy was mowed down by his fellow squad members in the army rangers, had his head blown off, pretty much. The army covered it up from the start, burned his uniform, destroyed the body armor etc. The poor family. It's worth a read just for the wealth of background on the conflict, how we created the very enemy that we are fighting, how the CIA dumped money into the tribal areas so they could fight the Soviets as our proxy army. Anyway, this influenced my thinking here, it's a no win situation. There are also a few paragraphs at the end of the book, quotes from other writers proposing that the western male, encouraged to be peaceful, go to college, take your Ridalin (sp) are not prepared for the conflict at hand, that perhaps we are not creating enough alpha males. While we raise nice little open minded educated liberal minded young men the terrorists are training their young men to kill, this goes back to my illustration, of more more more, never ending. Krakeur goes on to say that the USA has no shortage of alpha males, indeed the army rangers are bad ass --but is this a fight they can win? I justread that Obama is scheduled to deliver an address next week on his Afghanistan strategy. It's Pakisatan that we really need to worry about.

Ho Ho Ho
The truth about Santa, he is real after all, just has lots of technological advantages to do what he does. Did this book project about nine months ago or so, for Bloomsbury. I was hesitant to take it at first because I mean Santa stuff can be really cheesy, and I have a bit of an aversion to Christmas. I mean the commercials start after Halloween now.
Turned out to be a fun project, the editors pretty much let me do what I wanted to do, within reason.

bugged ornaments
Something about worm holes.
This was my first cover idea. They thought it was a bit scary. I might finish it up as a holiday card.
I'm a little ticked because the editor hasn't sent any copies yet. The writer contacted me and said he's getting good feedback.

Weather the storm
It seems that most of my posts feature work for the NY Times or Soojin, so here are a couple more. This first piece was done for this past Sunday's Week in Review. The subject was how the economy follows patterns much like weather. Kelly Doe was the AD on this and gave me the freedom to keep the concept loose and abstract. I wouldn't say this is abstract but I tried to stay away from money imagery, actually my rough of this had no money icons but we added a few subtle references in the final, they kind of get lost in everything else, good.

The second piece, the bather, was done for Soojin. I just love when she calls and gives me one word direction like "reflection" or something like that. When I was working on concepts for this piece I kept going back to M.C Escher but god has that stuff been knocked off so much, and even though it's fantastic work we are all so used to seeing it in the back of Spencer Gifts, so I tried to be inspired a bit and leave it at that, as it should be.

I'm not sure this worked out exactly the way I intended, does anything ever? I wanted to go with just simple black line but sometimes feel like I'm cheating the client if I don't add color. I recall one a.d telling me on another job, "Don't go tarting it up with too much color" I was offended ta the time ,but sage advice I suppose.
I kind of liked this idea like the good times are frozen for now but they'll be back. If a little inflatable pool and a tub of High Life doesn't say GOOD TIMES then what does?
Funny thing. This weather vane idea was originally done for Soojin but I resurrected it for this financial weather story.
I wanted to draw one of those punch clocks, the weather vane was probably a goofy combo.
This was my first idea for Soojin's piece. I got the idea from a book I have called The Playful Idea. I may revisit this and finish it off. I was thinking a very ornate playing card type of finish.
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