Cheer Up!

Cheer Up! is going to be a regular thing here as we post interesting, funny, and/or inspirational things as the term goes on.  It’ll mainly be design stuff (hopefully) but expect to see the occasional cat/dog/pet creep into these posts.  Tony has another posting idea he’s calling “It’s Only Funny if It Isn’t You” that will highlight blunders that we can all learn from.  Expect to see that series soon.

So for the first Cheer Up! I’m posting a link to a pretty old but still relevant article/FAQ by Raja Sandhu that discusses his processes and dealing with clients.  It’s all “tongue-in-cheek” of course but still a good read.  I especially like this passage:

Legend has it that Pablo Picasso was sketching in the park when a bold woman approached him.

“It’s you — Picasso, the great artist! Oh, you must sketch my portrait! I insist.”

So Picasso agreed to sketch her. After studying her for a moment, he used a single pencil stroke to create her portrait. He handed the women his work of art.

“It’s perfect!” she gushed. “You managed to capture my essence with one stroke, in one moment. Thank you! How much do I owe you?”

“Five thousand dollars,” the artist replied.

“B-b-but, what?” the woman sputtered. “How could you want so much money for this picture? It only took you a second to draw it!”

To which Picasso responded, “Madame, it took me my entire life.”

Just because we’re “creative” people doesn’t make our line of work any less valuable.