9 Thermidor, year II

Poster Update
My Year-End To-Do list:
— Finish 24 or 25 Posters
— Update Poster Section on Website
— Go through enormous pile of 19th century ephemera for the Book
— Finish two Civil War dolls, one being an antique Lincoln Doll in Coffin
— Photograph items for the book
— List Oddments from collection on Website
— Start building new section for book photos on Website
(This won’t be uploaded until the book is published)

As of this writing, I have 12 Zodiac Posters DONE.
I have two posters to go for this batch, one is all penciled and needs to be inked, but the one I am working on right now is being designed and penciled from scratch. Many of the posters are already penciled, and all I have to do is ink them.

From scratch means I still have about five posters to create from start to finish and they take the longest to design and draw out, redraw, erase, tear it up, take it outside and dump lighter fluid on it and burn it to ashes and then piss on the ashes and start over.

Tonight I am working on poster number 13 for the National Museum of Civil War Medicine, located in historical Frederick, Maryland. It was one of my favorite towns to visit, and I especially enjoyed the cemetery.

The subject of this poster is 100% in my wheelhouse, and I am extremely happy with how it looks so far.

I never allow clients to tell me how to design their posters. An excellent example of what happens when art is forced from the standpoint of Design by Committee, would be the disastrous logo for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I wince every time I see it.

The New York Times contacted me a few days ago about doing a large design project for a Sunday edition section. The person who contacted me wanted to submit my name for the job, but I immediately turned it down. There is absolutely no fucking way I am working for corporate media. It would be Gatekeepers and Design by Committee times a thousand.

Life is short, and I value every moment I have and the thought of having to work with Design Editors sends me into a funk. No amount of money could persuade me to want to work under those conditions ever again. I have been there, I know. I am not a masochist.

Quote by David Cronenberg

While working on the Civil War medicine poster, I am listening to a historical narrative on the French Revolution. I’m about 45 minutes in and I feel like I am listening to current events. This can’t bode well.

Poem: Face by Jesse Bernstein, Artwork by Me.


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