Fundamentally, as an illustrator I turn words and ideas into images. I begin by reading a text or synopsis, gleaning from it sufficient information to start visualizing an image. Variably, the image must convey a mood, tell a literal truth, or distill the complex into symbol or metaphor. With the conceptual thrust understood, intuition winds the process through myriad linear and abstract channels marrying information with aesthetics, and the sketch builds itself. If I get it right, the final picture will entertain, inform, amuse, or offend, or give pause to invite consideration of an accompanying text. Or it will stand alone as a statement unto itself.
Clients hire me for ideas.
Typically, I provide one initial sketch. I consider the weeding out of lesser approaches part of my responsibility in taking an assignment. Occasionally, as in this example, I'm asked to develop the theme further.
This story entitled 'The Hard Way' was an account of a cross country skier's learning experience. It covered alot of ground, from technique and philosophy, to the role of an apprentice and his master. Ultimately, it was decided that the piece should convey the humility of learning, and the respect of those that came before.