EXPERIENCE ’60s & ’70s CULTURE!
CLASSROOM DOODLE ART IGNITES 40 YEAR PROFESSIONAL ART CAREER
At 19 I graduated high school, went to the local junior college for a semester and then – being an obsessed artist since I was a kid – had the opportunity to work in a government-sponsored art department; SWRL (SouthWest Regional Labs for Educational Research and Development), and went for it.
While I had tons of amateur art to show at my interview, this one piece (above) got me my first professional artist job.
The art director said, “If you can do this, then you’re qualified and hired.”
This single piece of art began my 40 year professional career across nearly all mediums of art.
While this piece could never have the impact on an art director today – it thankfully did back then for this obsessed and imaginative artist.
Even though I worked with the artist who hand-painted the poster for the Steve McQeen movie “LeMans” and the artist who in the 1980’s would have hand-painted thousands of backgrounds for all the cartoon animation houses; I was mainly responsible for paste-up and production work, but, the detail of my “psychedelic art on a high school notebook divider card” paid off.
How could I have known that while I was doodling in class – when I should have been listening and studying – it would serve me better than any academic knowledge obtained. While most high school academia, in reality, is forgotten past the classroom tests; this image stayed.
Needless to say, but I’ll do it anyway, I was ecstatically in love with all the new sounds coming from these immensely talented groups which I etched in stone, er, a, pen.
It was and always will be an exquisite, magical, phantasmagorical, soul-pleasing, sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll freeform period in American history and I lived it to its’ fullest – and then some.
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