Thursday, November 29, 2007

Nike

So, I keep mentioning how BUSY I am these days--as though everyone else is just goofing off! I suppose the reality is that we're ALL busy most of the time. Perhaps, I should just stop writing about how busy I am, and tell you what it is that I'm so busy with!

My problem is that I'm juggling several different projects at once, and none of them are getting done in a timely manner. Life keeps interrupting my work-flow, and these small-but-super-rush job suddenly appear and totally throw me off my schedule. This happened earlier this week, but it was kind of fun...



This is an image from a new NIKE promotion. To be honest, I don't know the whole story behind it, except that it is from a "custom comic" produced by TOKYOPOP in the popular "manga" style. They put together a book of short stories featuring Nike products and a wild-haired manga dude. Evidently, they wanted one particular panel to be drawn larger to be used separately for posters or something, but they were having trouble getting exactly what they needed from the original artist. At the last minute, they came to me, and I stepped in and totally re-worked the image to their specs.

From what I gather, they were happy with my work (no corrections!) and I must admit that I'm pretty pleased with it myself. Especially when I look at it compared to the original drawing. I'm tempted to show it here, but I won't, as I'm not looking to embarrass anyone. The sad part (for me!) is that I get absolutely NO credit for the drawing. If this turns out to be a huge campaign and my image is plastered all around the country, the only people who will know that I drew it will be me, my editor, and the three people who are reading this blog! Oh well, such is the life of the freelance artist...

5 comments:

Marc Siry said...

...and future clients who see the work in your portfolio and recognize it from a national campaign.

Don Hudson said...

That type of work is like catnip to Ad agencies!

Allen Gladfelter said...

Doesn't sound so bad to me so long as the check clears. Worse yet are mechanicals that are used to pitch a campaign to a client. I've done quite a bit of work that was used just for this reason, but then they went and hired a photographer who pretty much duplicated the drawing. My drawings never see the light of day. Kinda a bummer, but then that sweet sweet moolah came in and I felt much better.

Marie said...

I'm with Marc! Where's that portfolio you've been putting together?

(And I guess that's four of us who read your blog.)

Steve Buccellato said...

Well, hopefully they use the art is a way people will notice. I'm not altogether clear on what they're doing with it.

As for credit: to clarify: I don't care that the work is anonymous to the PUBLIC, but I think the people at Nike don't know (or care) who drew the image (i was kind of a "ghost-artist" on this) The original artist will get credit for it, both publicly and privately. Bummer.