Art. Design. When Are You Ready For a Graphic Designer? 10.23.2018

As a design professional and freelancer, part of the struggle in today’s world is in turning away business.

Yes, turning away business, because too often, a prospective client is not ready for a designer (yet).
The first thing you need to have ready when contacting a designer? Money. The last thing any competent professional wants to hear from you, whether you are a non-profit, have a fantastic, heart-wrenching story, or that you’re a start-up with a whizz-bang idea that’s going to change the world is this: Can you do this for a discount?
While passionate about my job, I can’t eat passion. I can’t keep the lights on with it. I can’t continue to chip away at my student loans with “passion.” I, like everyone, need money, and before you decide to come to me to ask for a logo, a flyer, tee-shirt designs, yard signs for your campaign, etc. you could very easily go to a discount stock graphics site, or type something up in Microsoft Word for free that communicates what you need, have it printed, and move on with your day.

If you want a professional to design for you, please have professional money budgeted for your project. If I’m compelled by your story to give you a break on price, that should be up to me, not because you expected it of me.

Second, if you are designing an ad, know this – people do not like to read. Most of the folks who clicked on this probably got as far as the third paragraph, saved this for later, and then they’ll never go back to it.

If you want people to be interested in what you are offering, MERCILESSLY edit yourself, and then go back and edit it again.
The most effective ads out there are 10 to 15 words of text maximum, accompanied by a compelling image. Next time you are flipping through a magazine or you notice an ad in social media, take note of how long you pause on a cool ad, and how quickly you flip past a confronting wall of text (kind of how this note is?)
Third; proofread. If possible, have two other people look at your content and run a spell and grammar check on it before you send it out. If possible, make sure its a diverse group of people who look at it, because in our current age, you might be sending something out that is offensive based on race, class, sexism, or another culture that you may not be familiar with.

Finally, be VERY careful with humor and know your audience. Too often, people think they are being ironic, or risque, or “not PC” in an attempt at humor.
Your intent is not and never will be important – what is important is how it lands; specifically, people may never remember your name, or the details of what you produce but they will always remember how you made them feel, and if you’ve offended them, regardless of intention, they shut down, and your message does not get through.

A creative professional will appreciate it when you come to them prepared, with a clear idea of what you need, money to pay for the execution of it, and, of course, ample time to produce what you need. Design isn’t an afterthought. It isn’t “making something pretty.” Design in many cases is as important as function. Bad design wastes people’s time. Bad design makes things hard to read. Bad design means your product stays on the shelf, where the better designed one goes home with the customer. Participate in the process, be prepared, and then trust your designer to produce and you’ll come away with communication, ads, graphics, a logo that will clearly represent you and what you wish to communicate.

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Art. Drawing at Gateway. Model: James. 10-16-18

Delightful, small drawing location a block and a half from the house.

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Cusine. Booze. Stregga D’Or

Cocktail Time: Stregga D’Or
.25 oz Stregga
1.0 oz St. Germain
2.0 oz Hendricks Gin
1.0 oz Meyer Lemon Syrup plus 2 very thin Meyer lemon wheels (seeded)

Ice a gimlet

Shake syrup, and booze over ice

Dump the gimlet and shake out excess water, then strain in your drink

Garnish with lemon wheels and a gentle spritz of seltzer

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Art. Sex. Naked Drawing Group. Model: Albert. 9-24-18

The first time I draw a model, I create a collage, filling the space on the page with the various poses.

Tonight’s work.:


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Art. Sex. Drawing Peter at the Private Studio. 9-10-18

I do enjoy the opportunities to draw where the model is there just for me, to pose as I choose. He knows he has my undivided attention and where my eyes land on his body as he holds his poses, knowing when I draw his arms, his chest, and the smirk as I concentrate on the lines and curves of his penis and balls, where occasionally, sometimes to the model’s chagrin, his penis decides to show off, and to my delight, and sometimes his embarrassment, it continues to show off, despite his best efforts.

The erotic tension sometimes finds it’s way through brain, arm and pencil, onto the page.

The moment subsides, but the images remain.

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Art. Sex. Private Session. Model: Eric P. 7-28-18

Models come in to an artist’s life, but they rarely stay. Since I’ve started drawing erotic nudes, and because of the transient nature of DC, quite a few men who have allowed me to stare at them while I drag a pencil lazily across paper have come and gone.

New models come, some return, most don’t, as for a lot of the men I draw, time moves on, as do careers, tastes, desires, etc.

I am honored that for a time, some truly lovely men, both in the bodies they present to the world, and the kind, gentle souls that run beneath that ever fleeting moment, where the light hits them and illuminates, and leaves the viewer struggling to concentrate, but still attempting to capture and record a moment, in a way that is passing from this world as we point the lens of our little computers at what we see and press a projected button on a screen.

…in the fond hope of capturing a moment only a little less bright and slightly less beautiful than the reality of the moment, and the ever blurred and romanticised memory that echoes through our minds.

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Cuisine. Booze. Carrot Cake Cocktail. 7-24-18


ocktail time: Carrot Cake
No frosting necessary. Give it a minute. It makes it’s own.

4.0 oz fresh carrot juice (including those little red and purple ones from the garden
.25 oz St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram
.5 oz Domaine Canton Ginger Liqueur
.5 oz Mandarine Napoleon
1.75 oz Pampero Anniversario
3-5 drops Bittercube Blackstrap bitters

Shake over ice and strain into a doubles glass with a fancy ice globe. Garnish with blackstrap bitters.

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