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Peculiar Picture #28

July 5, 2013
There are many categories of illustration; advertising art featuring products, portraiture for the rendering of personalities, sports illustrations depicting scenes of athletes and so on. My specialty was conceptual illustration. A magazine editor might have a technical or long-winded article that most folks might quickly pass over and my job was to create an image channeling the reader’s focus on the article and stop them from turning the pages. Often I’d need to come up with as many as five ideas before an art director would sign off on one. I honestly can’t remember what the impulse was for this piece. I don’t think it ever made its way into print.


This is Peculiar Picture #28, and some of you might be wondering if I ever actually sold anything. Perhaps I should consider posting a few pieces that were actually sold and published. Until then, can you think of a purpose for this unused picture?




Note: I will be in Seattle on Sunday meeting the newest member of our family, our niece’s son Maxwell Ferdinand—a big name for such a little guy, but I expect he’ll grow into it. From pictures I’ve seen he’s adorable. I’ll be back on Monday. I hope everyone has a terrific weekend.




Corporate America rules. And it's a man's world in the business realm. I like it.
By: Aleta on July 5, 2013
Leaders and heads of Corporations and Institutions are predominantly men. This lady is challenging the status quo. --- Enjoy your short getaway!
By: Daniel LaFrance on July 5, 2013
I'd say it's something about the glass ceiling. Congrats on the whatever a niece's son would be called. Great-nephew? Those kind of things always confuse me, like the difference between second and third cousins and whatnot.
By: PT Dilloway on July 5, 2013
I love your original thinking Stephen, your work whether used or not makes an impression.
By: John on July 5, 2013
so awesome ! have good time in Seattle.
By: izdiher on July 5, 2013
Without a doubt,corporate America ruled by men--I love it!! Mazel tov on your new great-nephew!!
By: fishducky on July 5, 2013
I agree with the majority...corporate America dominated by men. Have a fun weekend meeting your grand-nephew....or is that a great-nephew? No matter have a great or grand weekend.
By: Cheryl P. on July 5, 2013
The men are saying- "Good luck girl getting ahead- It's a man's world!" Congrats on your newest family member!
By: Kathe W. on July 5, 2013
'this is a man's world' surely sprang to my mind. enjoy the trip!
By: TexWisGirl on July 5, 2013
That's a powerful piece right there! Love your grand-nephew's name! Love Seattle! Have fun!
By: Stephanie D on July 5, 2013
Great image! With legal sanction, corporate America rules, pollutes and is a male bastion. Good luck gal, they seem to be sneering!
By: Tom Cochrun on July 5, 2013
Not built for women! Congrats on the new baby- that's a very distinguished name.
By: Shelly on July 5, 2013
Smoke and mirrors? Old Boys' Network? "If you know what's good for you, you won't bother with one of those sexual harassment lawsuits." They're only letting her work there because the law says they have to.
By: Val on July 5, 2013
To me, the woman looks like she's heading into a job interview. Could be a great picture for a commercial for Xanax. Congratulations on your new family member! Ferdinand is a name of Germanic origin and has been used frequently by royalty.
By: Pixel Peeper on July 5, 2013
Probably about how the world looks to a lot of women fighting to get in to anything beyond the receptionists desk.
By: mimi on July 5, 2013
agree with the majority opinion, but it must have been drawn a while ago ... the men are smoking!
By: tom sightings on July 5, 2013
I'm wondering why she has a chunk of hair missing on the back of her head? Congratulations on the new arrival! Have a great weekend!
By: LL COOL JOE on July 6, 2013
Definitely glass ceiling, man's world, etc. You are an amazing talent!
By: Mitchell is Moving on July 6, 2013
Looks like an image you might see accompanying a story in the Economist. Congrats on the new addition to the family.
By: Joe on July 6, 2013
Yes that brave woman is going to challenge the "man's world". Good luck to her!
By: Catalyst/Bruce on July 6, 2013
What is funny, most commented on "man's world", but I was thinking, small business vs. big business, didn't even really register the man vs. woman part. Meh. And Congrats on the little one with the big name! Cat
By: Cat on July 7, 2013
Looks like the 21st Century version of David and Goliath.
By: Scott Park on July 7, 2013
I don't know what it could be used for but it is a creepy and alarming picture all the same! I think conceptual illustration is probably the most interesting kind.
By: Jenny Woolf on July 8, 2013

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