Saturday, December 09, 2006


An illustration done for a magazine article about fussy clients in the illustration industry. Change after change, the wasted money starts piling high. From a creative point of view, the life, spontaneity and enthusiasm gets sucked out of the job.

Set to be published in Empty magazine next March, with the article written by the very talented Matt Jackson, who also happens to be (among other things) one of my agents from illustration agency, The Drawing Book.


Blogger Jeremy Townsend (JERT) said...

looks like your letting out a little pent up frustration with this one....very nice

10:20 AM  
Blogger douglasbot said...

Oh i know that feeling ALL too well. Great illo Chris.

11:16 AM  
Blogger bla said...

Strong drawing!
A hell that illustrator has some BIG pencils ;)

11:40 AM  
Blogger G said...

Hey Chris, great illustration and Empty is a great little magazine! I know that feeling as well. Client changes can be a pain and when the client is fuzzy, those changes can be hell!

4:26 PM  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Man ! I just lived through a gig like that . I call it 'drive though art '.

Geat pic.

2:40 AM  
Blogger Dominic Bugatto said...

Arghh!!!! damn spelling , I meant 'Drive through art' and great pic.

2:42 AM  
Blogger Belinha Fernandes said...

100 posts!100 Collages!Check my blog!I’m celebrating, yuuppiiiii!!!

(Great drawing!)

2:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ho God you're absolutely right, Great pice

6:39 AM  
Blogger said...

je je je execellent!!!

8:23 AM  
Blogger bla said...

(I'm a big Ziggy Stardust fan BTW...I do Moonage Daydream with my band :D )

1:22 PM  
Blogger smartartist said...

Aren't all clients like that... ?

9:14 PM  
Blogger Mette said...

This is fantastic, I love it. And absolutely true - out of all my clients (at the company) the germans are the worst when it comes to changes. :P and its about minor things like - "make this color a little darker, and this shape more oval, not so round, and these letters a bit smaller and thicker". Bluah. :P

10:46 PM  
Blogger greg oakes said...

lol... killer illo chris!! :) my first experience with that was when i was 18 years old doing work experience at a local ad agency. i had to draw a cartoon pencil with eyeballs, big goofy smile, arms etc. the client had a focus group look at the ad and too many folks thought it looked like a banana! that was my first 'freak-out' over client changes. "why the f**k would they think it was a banana??!!! the curve isn't that extreme!!! aghhh!!!..." oh the memories! ;) lol

8:05 AM  
Blogger Ryan Wood said...

Fanastic illustration, the demonic art director is great! You've got some tremendous work here, thanks for sharin'.

5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think any artist has ever brought so much clarity but at the same time chaos to my writing Chris.
You are the best at what you're asked to do and I'm yet to find anything that you fear when it comes to drawing...

Oh perhaps 4 deadlines at once.
; )

5:33 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Hey, thanks everyone! Looks like this was a subject that many of you could relate to. Enjoyed reading some of your experiences. Luckily I've only had a small handful of difficult clients...but saying that, they were quite a handful (if you know what I mean).

ale- Yeah, big Bowie fan. Only really been getting into him recently, but I think the seeds were planted a long time ago, when as a kid I discovered Bowie's Scary Monsters in my dad's LP collection.

Matt- Thanks mate. Yeah, no matter how much my job deadlines are evenly spread out, they always end up discreetly co-ordinating themselves to be due on the same day. It's a conspiracy I tells ya! :)

11:22 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

You Rock!!
damn you're good...

3:33 AM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Aw shucks, thanks Wouter.

9:50 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Damn you're good. Dou you ever make something that is not magnificent?

1:37 AM  

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