It’s a bit of an illustration cliché that the most enjoyable work tends to be the least rewarding financially. Ask any illustrator and the majority will confirm the truth of this inversely proportional relationship.
There was a fine example of this phenomenon just recently when I was approached out of the blue by an Italian Rockabilly fanzine (who knew?) with the rather wonderful title ‘Dog Eat Robot’. The publisher, Toni, from Modena, was a fan of the British rockabilly trio The Long Tall Texans and the artwork I did for them back in the day (see this earlier post for details!) and wanted to know if I could produce a cover for the next issue of their ‘zine, which would be featuring an article on the band. Needless to say, like all fanzines, this one is a labour of love and runs on a shoestring budget but I’ve always had an enormous affection for this genre of music and the fashion and culture surrounding it (although I never had enough hair to be an active participant!) so without much hesitation I agreed to do it at radically reduced rockabilly rates!
The content was pretty much up to me but there were references to spaceships, 50s sic-fi and lost planets in our email exchanges so that set the theme. It was great fun to work with such an open brief and I’m sure it comes across in the final piece. Toni seemed happy anyway; the fanzine will be out in January – check out their Facebook page for details (as well as a plethora of links to some great music and videos).
Here it is, with a little bit of ‘process’ thrown in for good measure:
A colour version is in the pipeline!