Tuesday, March 06, 2012

CLOWN VERSUS MONKEY: razor prop


















so here's the process
1. think of a razor
2. gather a collection of razor pictures from magazines and internet photo stock sites (be sure to read the usage policies, not all are free)
3. go to art school and get a degree in illustration
4. continue to draw the razor over and over until you know the razor from every angle
5. you will never grow unless you delegate, so take your expert knowledge of razor blade illustration and begin to gather portfolios from other illustrators. Build a pipeline, don't carry a bucket.
6. attend meet ups and industry conferences to schmooze and hob nob with other illustrators that may share a common aesthetic, or who add another layer to "the look" you are trying to achieve for this prop.
7. gather and review portfolios, and don't forget to research sites like deviant art and etsy, the perfect illustrator may live on the other side of the world, with the internet distance is no excuse
8. get a second opinion before settling on your top three. a fresh pair of eyes are crucial
9. interview the top three, who needs it the most? who would you rather call at three in the morning with last minute concept changes on the look of this razor blade?
10. read a book on management skills so you will know how to talk to your potential employee, take a seminar, an 8 hour seminar can be a life savor.
11. take a deep breath, and choose an illustrator (after sleeping on it, the subconscious mind is your most important guide)
12. form a contract that outlines the project and the razor blade illustrator's participation and compensation. Clearly define in contract deliverables and deadlines.
13. Have contract lawyer review and certify the contract. Be sure the illustrator has his lawyer do the same.
14. Once razor blade drawing has arrived, hold secret panel to give critique and rate the razor drawing. Take feed back and notes, return these to the illustrator for revisions.
15. after revisions are made, then the razor blade drawing can be placed in the scene.

Though it seems like a lot, it is the difference between an amazing perfect razor blade and a "just okay" razor blade. If you are not willing to go through the process, you should ask yourself, "do I really want this?" Maybe you would be happier working at Target.

-SD

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