In the year 2000 I celebrated my fiftieth birthday.
I always thought fifty was old. Now I realize, it's sixty
that's old. I am fortunate to have enough talent to make
a living as a artist. I thank God daily for this gift. Art
has been good to me. It has not made me rich, but it has
enriched my life.
I studied Advertising Design at "The Society of Arts
and Crafts in Detroit", now referred to as "The
Center for Creative Study" or "CCS". I am
grateful for my experience at CCS and recommend it to artists
who would like to improve their skills.
As an artist I have lived in two worlds. The first was
precompustoric (the world without computers). The only
media available came from art supply stores. From 1968,
until about 1988, I worked with the traditional tools of
the craft. An art project starts with a sketch using a
Venus 3B on newsprint. Drawing with pencil on paper is
the basis of all good art work. You may skip this step
and do well, but you will do a better job after you draw
it a few times.
For myself, the next phase was always brutal. A trip to
the Art Directors or clients office for approval. (the
equivalent of the modern day PDF) It is quite unnerving
to watch the sketch you poured over for the last five hours,
turned into a place mat for a Big Mac. Even worse is having
an un-skilled hack try to sketch his idea on the same paper.
In the Wild West you could shoot a man for that.
In order to have the un-trained eye of the client comprehend
your sketch, you usually produce a Magic Marker Comp. If
you have ever watched the TV show "Bewitched" The
reason Samantha's husband Darren never made much sense
is because him and his boss Larry were always high on Magic
Marker fumes. These fumes are dangerous. Darren was in
the late stages of "Brain
Dead". I mean come on he married a gorgeous witch
and then tells her she can't use "her" magic. He was a
moron and a disgrace to the advertising world. Blue-Black's
favorite. Try not to drool on the work. Dead brain cells?
Uh, I dunno, maybe. Sometimes, I see one of my past Magic
Marker renderings and say "Wow, that's nice. Who did
Finally, the finished work. This is what illustrators
live for. I really thought that eventually I would sit
in my studio and produce nice crisp finished art. For many
reasons it didn't work out exactly like I thought, but
it's close. I have used variety of media over the years.
Airbrush, water color, acrylic, pen & ink. Whatever
the client orders. That was then.
NOW, all those tools are available on the computer. Anybody
can use them. They really work great too. PLUS... you can
UNDO your stupid mistakes. The last 99 if you have to.
What's not to like about that.
Having actual experience using an X-acto knife to cut
frisket, the pssssst, pssssst of the airbrush, falling
asleep at 3 am with my forehead stuck to a rubber cement
can, I think, has given my work character. The "Swiss
Arty Knife" is tribute to stuff, past and present,
please check it out. I think we are just seeing the beginning
of the computer age. I look back at the first Apple computer
I bought in the mid eighties. It was an expensive joke.
But those contributions to the computer industry and a
steadfast belief in new technology is why we have these
amazing machines today. It's hard to believe that the "State
of the art" machine I am working on today as I key
in this copy will probably be in a land fill five years
I have honed my skills in Corel Draw®, Adobe Illustrator® and
Photoshop®. I have worked with a number of other programs,
but it is my intention to stick to illustration.
I humbly present some of my work. Please email me if you
have any questions or comments. I will gladly share ideas
with fellow artist and craftsmen.
Thank you, John Haskin