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Peculiar Pictures #49 & #50

August 24, 2016




Considering that I’ve been posting Peculiar Pictures for five years, it’s reasonable to assume I painted more peculiar illustrations than any other kind. And here are two more, both from my Business Fundamentals CD.


I was commissioned by Getty Images to create spot illustrations dealing with business and money issues. Unfortunately, at the time I didn’t know what spot illustrations were. Here’s a later example of two of my spot illustrations; simple, without complex details and lots of blank space (cropped here) to accommodate text.



Cutting Through Red Tape (Spot Illustration)




Struggling With an Idea (Spot Illustration)


Instead, I provided Getty Images with fully developed illustrations with lots of details (perhaps too many). It was challenging to create all these details on a short deadline; I was given fifty days to create sixty rough sketches for approval before completing the final illustrations. To finish this assignment on time, I ended up churning out two illustrations a day. These works proved extremely popular and I received royalties from their use for years, even though I barely recall painting them.


I was encouraged to include a handshake in my collection of images. I wanted to create something more interesting than a simple handshake and an idea sprang to mind when I saw sign painters working on a building opposite my downtown studio. I don’t think this image has been used too often, but I did see it in an Arizona magazine when we visited that state several years ago.




Handshake (Acrylic)


With a subject like Business Fundamentals, pictures about money were required. I liked the idea of a money python squeezing the life out of someone and imagined it could be used in a variety of ways, but so far I haven’t seen it in print.




 Money Snake (Acrylic)


Maybe it’s too creepy?   



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That last one would be a good illustration of my life. Haha.
By: PT Dilloway on August 24, 2016
It is little creepy
By: cranky on August 24, 2016
Shame no one has used the last one. Maybe it's too dark?
By: Alex J. Cavanaugh on August 24, 2016
The hand shake piece is brilliant. Absolutely love it. The top two illustrations are also excellent. The bottom piece conveys a lot, but it is very unnerving.
By: Tom Cochrun on August 24, 2016
As much as i like snakes, even i don't want one that big actually around me.
By: messymimi on August 24, 2016
hmmmm- money can be a snake squeezing the life out of us!
By: Kathe W. on August 24, 2016
Your 'Peculiar' illustrations paid off. :)
By: Daniel LaFrance on August 24, 2016
i really like the handshake one. very cool.
By: TexWisGirl on August 24, 2016
The snake one? Yeah, that's been my summer.
By: Al Penwasser on August 24, 2016
I don't think these are peculiar at all. I can look at each and tell instantly the message you were trying to convey. Nice!
By: scott park on August 24, 2016
That handshake could have been used for a cover picture on "The Art of the Deal"!
By: Catalyst on August 24, 2016
This is an interesting series of paintings. You tell a good story to go along with each one.
By: red Kline on August 24, 2016
These are very well-done. The handshake one is intriguing; I lingered on that one for a while. The python...yeah, I guess it could be seen as creepy. I like the idea though. Maybe you could have gone a different way with it if you weren't on deadline?
By: Chris on August 24, 2016
Heh, heh! I misread that last part, and thought you liked the idea of a MONTY Python squeezing the life out of someone!
By: Val on August 24, 2016
The python is nasty and the man looks as if he'll soon die. I love the handshake, cutting through red tape, and struggling with an idea. You're an excellent, creative artist. Love, Janie
By: Janie Junebug on August 24, 2016
How on earth did you crank out so many illustrations so quickly?? Especially that were such good quality.
By: LL Cool Joe on August 24, 2016
What a talented fellow you are. I particularly like the handshake/building site image.
By: Bryan Jones on August 25, 2016
Great images that say a lot!
By: Sage on August 25, 2016
Your mind amazes me. You do not think in a box. I loved the struggling with an idea, hand shake and cutting through red tape. I had a brief time in my life when I had my own money python and am just glad he is behind me. So yea, that one did creep me out a bit.
By: Arkansas Patti on August 25, 2016
You are truly gifted.
By: Rick Watson on August 25, 2016

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