Friday, May 12, 2006
A good, although not frequently heard from nor seen, friend of mine just suggested I hop on the Blogwagon last night. I became quickly convinced, after a rapid rummage through some of the links on his site and a realization that I have become somewhat thirsty for discussion about visual creativity and it's multitudinous manifestations. Yeah, that's what I meant to type. I look forward to sharing, learning, and pondering with you.
The sketch was completed in 30 or 40 min. during a workshop I ran in 2000. I was working as an in-house toy/gift designer for Applause, Inc., which has since been absorbed by a competitor on the East Coast.
I was jealous of those Disney guys getting to sit in front of a model at work, so I put a persuasive argument and a companion petition from the art dept. together. The brass allowed it on the premises, and eventually paid the model fees. It was moderately successful, as far as regular participation was concerned, and we had a great time remembering why we started picking up pencils in the first place. This guy's name is Ralph Martin. I can't recall what his "regular" gig was - maybe heavy machinery, perhaps trucking, possibly concrete work. Whatever the occupation, he was a moonlighting blacksmith with a Big Sky dream of Montana meadows and shoeing for ranches in the great undeveloped North. He seemed a bit melancholy, yet determined and hopeful.
I hope I captured that sentiment.
In the meantime, I have a deadline to meet before I go camping with my boys tonight - so I'm outta here! Thanks for the tip, Mo!