Sunday, July 26, 2009

uncle sam, ready for business

here's a bit of a failure i did a few weeks back. there's a lot being said about government's role in business among other things, and i wanted to say something a bit more ambiguous about what's going on, despite (or because of) my own concerns & worries yet conflicting appreciation, but mostly because i rarely like smack-in-the-head illustration, unless it's profoundly clever. i suppose i have my opinions, but i also have my experiences, and a distant curiosity to see how things play out. that's fair. everything needs to be measured in qualitative, not quantitative measurements, and measured against the axis of short term good versus long term great (and short term good and quantity should always always lose that battle).

still, in the end, nothing is very strong, readable, or likable about this piece, but i'll post the stinker regardless

thanks for looking!


roger ycaza said...

Beautiful work!!!
Un abrazo desde Quito!

Minder S. said...

Not a stinker, necessarily. To me it shows a blissfully ignorant Uncle Sam, with an empty agenda, sitting idly and almost comfortably as his country heats up behind him. Not sure if that's what you were going for.


I like the first version the best. It blew my mind that you used a photograph of buildings for the background, because at first they looked like orange paint strokes. And I agree with Minder! :)

Murderous T Stabwell said...

i think you are a bit too hard on yourself, sir! love the first one. the tight crop makes the piece read a lot better i think, and the intimacy with ol' unky sam is nice. it should say something that even your "stinkers" blow me away.