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Scott Bakal
May 2008
Black Dog
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It's been a while since I posted up anything work related and now I think I am going to start catching up.  I also wanted to expand a bit on my normal 'here's a new piece' sort of posts and show some process.  Minnesota Magazine called a while back to do a job.  The story was really good and even better, the art direction was excellent:  "Read it and draw what you want." and the deadline was long.  Oooo...we all can only hope for this sort of thing.  As a matter of fact, it seems to be a dream job!
There was a lot of interesting imagery in the article.  Since I had time, my usual methods is to just draw and draw and then pick and chose from those drawings and build upon it further.  I am posting about 2/3rds of the sketches I did (most of which the art director didn't see) just to show process and thinking.
"Winston Churchill called it his Black Dog..."
"I've called it the Black Horrors and have been known to lie in bed, curtains drawn, waiting fo the storm clouds to pass."
This is my final rough sketch prior to hitting the board.
Sometimes I'll scan in a piece of art in progress to see how it looks.  For some reason, it gives me a fresh eye to see it in another format...in this case, on screen.  As soon as I looked at it, I knew that the pill bottles needed to be changed.  It didn't feel heavy enough.
Detail 1
Detail 2
...and the printed piece.
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