7 February 2006

Greed! (Unused Magazine Strip)

I was going to post this now anyway but today I received the (expected) confirmation that the magazine who had commissioned this strip (Another Late Night) weren't going to use it. Apparently my page was sold to an advertiser - adverts being more important now that they're expanding from local to regional. The theme of their first issue after Christmas and the New Year is Greed/Philanthropy and that was my brief - an A4 strip or illustration that has something to do with greed and/or philanthropy. There wasn't much time so I put this together (from brief to finished page via knocked around ideas) in about three days.


Everything about it - media (watercolour pencils), working to a brief and to a tight deadline - was new territory for me and it was satisfying to work for somebody else and get it from brain to page so quickly. But, somehow, it just doesn't feel like 'me' to me. And that, along with its failure to make it to print (which feels like a rejection even if it isn't), has left something of a bad taste. Still, they've asked me for another illustration and I'll give it a go. At 70mm X 70mm maybe I stand a better chance of winning out over the advertisers this time. I'll keep you posted!

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