What’s the story of Picture of the Day?
In 1999, I began an exercise of doing a very quick painting every day (when possible) and soon I had produced a series of hundreds of little images. Picture of the Day is essentially a sort of a research-and-development project, the ultimate goal being the development of a new style. I imposed limits and conditions on myself to force myself into new directions. When I showed some of these experiments to colleagues the response was positive and led me to begin sending them to a small group of friends, art directors and colleagues. Having an audience keeps Picture of the Day on task.
Who is “Robert Crockett?”
Through the process of producing these experiments a “style” has gradually emerged. Once I decided to show this work in the illustration marketplace, I realized that a solution was needed to clearly differentiate between my more established style as Robert Hunt, and this newer, more spontaneous work. I decided to create an alter ego, Robert Crockett, to be the author of this new style. This is simply to prevent confusion in the marketplace. (”Crockett” is a family name). “Robert Crockett” is essentially a brand name for the style that has emerged from the picture of the day project. Over the course of time, I have realized that my ultimate goal is to fuse the two sides of my artistic “personality” into one consistent stylistic approach to all my work.
Yes, in fact the style that evolved from Picture of the Day is applicable to many types of projects where the more established techniques of Robert Hunt would not be a first choice. For example, as “Robert Crockett” I have illustrated two poetry books, The Poetry of William Carlos Williams, and The Seasons for Sterling Publishing. I have also worked as Robert Crockett for a number of publications such as the Wall St. Journal, where same- day turnarounds are called for.
How do you decide on a subject for Picture of the Day?
Pretty much at random. Sometimes themes and obsessions may present themselves. Last year a series of penguins occurred. I count time spent conceptualizing as part of the time allotted to the Picture of the Day.
What are these self-imposed limitations?
I try to spend a maximum of 30 minutes on these paintings. I work with a timer. I rely less on photography and literal interpretation of reference. Often I use whatever materials and surfaces are at hand.
Are they for sale?
Picture of the Day was not conceived as a commercial venture, but rather a project to develop my own painting knowledge and craftsmanship. I want to emphasize that I am not in the business of creating or marketing stock illustration. However, many individual existing images may be available for usage and/ or purchase. Please inquire.
Can I get on the mailing list? Can I get off the list?
Yes, please inform me and I will add or remove you from the list of recipients of Picture of the Day. Picture of the Day does not want to be seen as Spam of the Day.
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