Monday, February 11, 2008

Re-Branding

Welcome back.

Using the name of my recent solo exhibition, I have re-branded this blog Drawing on Deadline. The former name, Illustration is Easy (an obscure reference to a delightful Ross MacDonald artist statement from an exhibition I worked on back in 2004) was the source of much consternation from the viewing public, now it seems, unaware of the intended absurdity of such a claim. Similar assumptions about commercial image-making are made all the time, usually without real consideration. When looking at the work of understated genius Hanoch Piven, for example, one might muse "How long did this really take?" This conjecture is instantly clarified when you try to create a portrait of Ronald Reagan out of three jellybeans and a piece of carpet.

So, for the record: Illustration is very very hard. I'd write a bit more but, I'm on deadline, so I'd better go draw.

7 comments:

Kenn said...

Ha ha, yesterday I was just thinking how disheartening it was that your blog was called that, as i find it's a daily uphill battle!
Nice to know you find it tough too

DB Dowd said...

Nice work, John. Between the pithy, alliterative copy and the cast-in-metal type drawing, I'm sold! Much much better title.

Andi said...

Oh John, we all know coloring, oops, I mean drawing is hard. Make sure to stay in the lines.

John Hendrix said...

It's not "tracing" if you are drawing over your OWN WORK. Gee wiz.

Kyle T. Webster said...

Good change, John. It's a shame, all the same - I thought the old title was hilarious.

John Hendrix said...

Yeah, me too kyle. Eh, so much for hyperbole.

Melissa Kojima said...

Ha, ha. I see I'm not too far behind on the name change. Yeah, I liked the old name too. Kind of seems the opposite theme of your last one. From cool and collect (it's easy)to FRANTIC! Must meet DEADLINE! Aaaaahhhh!

A little over the top, I know.

Have fun.