Here's something I found a while ago in a used book store. The Strathmore Paper Company commissioned a series of dancer paintings by Robert Heindel to demonstrate how effectively his work prints on a variety of their paper surfaces.
I've included Heindel's remarks on each piece from the inside flap of the brochure. Be sure to read the last two paragraphs of the Heindel bio at the end of this post. David Apatoff spoke with Heindel in 2005, a few months before the artist passed away. Heindel had some harsh but refreshingly honest views about the state of the illustration business today:
"The business of illustration is literally nonexistent today.... When Bernie Fuchs and I did what we did, it was a different world. We had to make a lot of hard decisions as things changed. Where do kids starting out today take their talent if they want to do what we did? I would say they’re fucked. There is nothing for them. They can’t follow the path that Bernie and I followed any longer. And our society is pretty unforgiving for those who make the wrong judgments."
Although Heindel's comments from this Strathmore brochure are from a quarter century earlier than his discussion with David, they already hint at the same concerns. Illustrators, designers and art directors, especially younger pros, should give Heindel's entirely valid comments some very serious consideration. He was talking about all of our futures, but especially yours - only you have the ability to effect a change.
My Robert Heindel Flickr set.
*ALSO* Be sure to check out Charlie Allen's latest CAWS at Charlie Allen's Blog - most especially if you are a fan of aviation art!