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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Even Michelangelo had deadlines...


Hopefully you have a job you like, but even dream jobs can have a week where the workload just about does you in. I roughed out this idea when I was having 'one of those days' at Disney in the mid '90s. While I was juggling chainsaws I started wondering if even the great artists of the past had some bean counter lording over them to get their work done on time, so like a responsible employee I took a long break and drew this. It got a lot of laughs back then, and it's always been one of my favorite roughs; because most everyone's been in this situation at work, and that's what makes a gag idea work the best, when it hits home.
I hope you're all having a wonderful week, but if you're not, just think of old Michelangelo lying flat on his back, facing a hot ceiling, with some prick far below staring at his watch.

The Illustration Friday word is 'Jump! (as in, get your work done!)

20 comments:

  1. OMG first to comment. yay me!
    this is funny. :) though, my boss never asks me to shit it out, but rather wants to make sure things are juusssst right. can be more difficult that way actually :)

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  2. You can definitely see where the Sistine Chapel painting was rushed...
    Who's the 'Guy' shouting, the Pope?
    BTW I hope you don't mind me saying, but I prefer this 'Rough' style of yours (your other stuff is great, but this is more, old time classic cartoonist..).....:)

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  4. Sorry had to delte that first comment. My type definitely altered the entire meaning. See, I am not perfect either.

    I agree. The Creation has a lot of flaws. Definitely rushed! Hahahah! Poor Michaelangelo, almost blinded by his passion. Oh the sacrifices we all make.

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  5. Thanks for the laugh, Ted :D

    As what you've advised, I'm currently thinking of old Michelangelo lying flat on his back, facing a hot ceiling, with some prick far below staring at his watch. :) Hope your week has been great so far, sir. All the best.

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  6. And he probably did not agree with what he received as payment for the work, when he began work, was much money, but when it ended, inflation ate his salary :)

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  7. Haha! Great style with the simple pen lines and light wash. Love the expression on Michelangelo's face - not sure how you managed it in such a teeny space! I wonder if he got much paint in his eye. :o

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  8. Good old Ted! Thanks again for your hilarious insight. I love this style of yours as well. Great penmanship :) I relish the old days where it was perfectly excusable to build a cathedral over 300 years and and masters could paint alfresco and wait for plaster to dry.

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  9. This is not only painfully funny, it's actually (even possibly literally, if you translate to Italian) true! In Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling I read that he was in terrible trouble for being behind deadline. Not only that, but he took the job knowing he didn't yet possess all the technical skills required, & he got in loads of trouble for that too. AND he was seriously underpaid! And got very sick on the job, & there wasn't much of a worker's comp plan back then. Brilliance, genius, artistic mastery... they don't save anyone from on-the-job agita.

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  10. I wouldn't be surprised if this really happened! Thanks for the laugh! (I needed it after the day I've been having at work!!!!)

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  11. In answer to your question Ted...IF... I don't know...usually get email but haven't..sometimes check their Facebook page...not there and nothing on Twitter.
    Do we have to think for ourselves this week...that wasn't mentioned in the brochure!!

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  12. This made me lough, Ted :) I work as an architect, deadline terror is omnipresent. Recently I don't even manage weekly updates of my blog. But in the future when the tension grows high, I will always remember this drawing of you :)))

    The sad thing about deadlines is, that usually the time for the creative part gets shorter and shorter. Great drawing !

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  13. It wouldn't surprise me if Michelangelo painted a lot of inside jokes in that ceiling. Are there any pooping characters in there?

    Dang, you juggle too?

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  14. I laughed and laughed on this one. Oh my, this is funny. I can just see the boss knowing he's cutting into the profit margin and has a panic look on his face and he's only half done. In this case we're lucky the latter part didn't end up looking like Picasso's art. Sorry Picasso fans. This is a great "rough" that says it all.

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  15. Hilarious!!! Love that you used "prima donna" too. Perfect. I also thank you for your wit and hilarity at my blog recently..and do apologize for the delay in response. I'm a followin' now...

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  16. I was having one of those mornings, but I feel much better now knowing that even Michaelangelo had someone riding him.

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  17. Thanks for wise(crack) advice. Jumpin'!

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  18. ha ha , brings smile on my face....

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  19. We have just been blessed with being able to have a holiday to Italy and according to our Vatican tour guide it probably pretty much went down like this for Michelangelo... but he gave as good as he got, he painted one pain in the... with donkey ears!

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