Monday, December 11, 2006

IF - Mask



My idea for this weeks Illustration Friday topic is based partly on a conversation I had with a friend over the weekend. My friend Derek is my oldest and closest friend from way back in grade number 3, and a talented writer. We were discussing the balance of working full time while developing a second, artistic career, and the polar-bear plunge into freelancing.

Pursuing a new career is certainly not a decision to be made lightly, but everyday Pickledog is persuading me to put away the ol' Graphic Artist mask, and put on a new Freelance Artist mask. How can I say “no” to that face?

27 Comments:

Blogger KittyMeow said...

lol Pickle Dog. Very cool. :-)
I wish I could do freelance too...shame I'm still new in the game. Heh!

11:29 PM  
Blogger Brine Blank said...

Nice work and good luck with the freelance gig...it is definitely a bit of a scary step for a myriad of reasons but well worth it if you can make it work...

11:37 PM  
Blogger candybandit said...

It's nice to have a scapegoat.. er.. dog. I love the aged painterly style you use!

12:12 AM  
Blogger Ellen said...

Fantastic piece! Love the way it came from a conversation!

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great illo, david! awesome as always!! Love your masks! Thanks for stopping by!

-Michelle Lana

Sorry, blogger is acting up and am not able to sign in....

11:49 AM  
Anonymous Holly said...

I love this. It is definitely not an easy decision. I think your work is fantastic and when you do take that plunge you are going to knock em' dead or maybe knock their socks off! Either way you will be great! Cheers!

~Holly at Creativeblend

11:54 AM  
Blogger John said...

"Polar bear plunge", nice.

Great job on this. love the textures.

http://johncoulter.blogspot.com/

P.S. I liked the cigarette on my raccoon too. I was torn. Maybe I'll put it back in and post it...

12:01 PM  
Blogger Derek said...

Great one David...

12:14 PM  
Blogger Ariel said...

I take it the "sad, beat up" mask is the freelance mask?... *Cause you know, at least graphic design usually pays the bills ;)

Nice site btw

ariel

1:45 PM  
Anonymous Nate said...

You certainly have the talent, good luck with the freelance. Freelance definitely has it's benefits; however, there are pros and cons to everything. Hang in there.

3:34 PM  
Blogger Alina Chau said...

AWESOME wicked design!! coool concept!

6:24 PM  
Blogger studio lolo said...

Listen to your inner dog. He knows best!!

8:59 PM  
Blogger Pickledog said...

Kittymeow - Glad you enjoyed it.

Brine Blank - Thank you, it seems like the first step is the scariest part.

Candybandit - Thanks, and don't worry about Pickledog. The only thing he gets blamed for is eating the last cookie.

Ellen - Thanks, it just seemed to fit with this weeks theme.

Michelle - Thank you. I just updated to the new Blogger dealie, and I am finding it rather buggy too.

Holly - Thank you so much, glad to see you back.

John - Thanks man.

Derek - Thank you for your help this week.

Ariel - Thank you, I'm not sure which mask is which some days, but I do enjoy paying the bills.

Nate - Thank you for the encouragement.

Alina - Thank you, always great to have you visit.

Studio Lolo - he hasn't steered me wrong yet. Thank you.

9:44 PM  
Blogger michael dailey said...

lol sounds like pickle dog knows something u dont
im sure he wouldn't stir u wrong. nice idea and take on theme

1:58 PM  
Blogger scribblesk said...

The freelance mask looks much happier! I love your stuff!

10:05 PM  
Blogger Adrian Ropp said...

Great stuff. Love it!

3:26 AM  
Blogger Jeannette said...

do it! do it!

<3jeannette
www.jimmyjanesays.com

7:42 PM  
Anonymous chickengirl said...

I've certainly been in that situation. One advice I got that made me take the polar bear plunge was that you can always go back to your fulltime Graphic artist-mask whenever you choose to.

Great illo!

11:33 PM  
Blogger Theresa S. said...

terrific job. Good luck with your new career! You'll be great!

Cheers,
Theresa

12:21 AM  
Blogger Steve said...

Very cool, love it as always

12:43 AM  
Anonymous benconservato said...

Love it as usual. There are a lot of people around here who have a few different masks they hide behind.

4:28 AM  
Anonymous benconservato said...

By the way David, I've tagged you!
You do what you want, but just so you know. (I was tagged by Sweat Pea... and it goes on from there).

4:31 AM  
Blogger Amanda Schmitt said...

hey this will probably get lost in the comments, but im glad you like/are mystefied by mr. humphries! hes a hilarious character. also by the way, my nickname is Pickle! and i like your illustrations. :)

12:50 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Must be a lot of those random thoughts flying around, had a chat like that with a friend of mine just last night.

Love the lil' clock on Pickledog's collar. It may indeed be time...

11:23 AM  
Blogger esillustration said...

yeay for green doggies!!!

4:43 PM  
Blogger Digital Scott's illustrationblog said...

Nice work! I still hope get to my "tagged list"...

11:58 AM  
Blogger Klu said...

Hi, it's me, Klu, the Bloggin' Bear.

I'm kinda 'barrassed to write to you cuz you're a grownup and I'm just a little bear. But I just wanted to tell you I like your pictures a lot.

That's all.

Sincerely,
Klu the Bear

12:29 AM  

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