Interesting times we are living in. I haven't earned any money from Rich Pictures at all in 2023 (at the time of writing). Because everyone's budgets are stretched and everyone loves a bargain I have decided to have a "half-price sale".
The truth is you make "Rich Picture Soup" to your own recipe, using your own ingredients and it isn't ready until you like everything about it.
It's a whiskery old corporate cliché from the 1970's first used in relation to "buying IBM" but is it also true about hiring a Rich Picture Artist to help get a grip on complexity in these rapidly changing and cash-strapped times?
In collaboration with my colleagues at JA Consulting I recently delivered this Rich Picture to a group of Academics working under the umbrella "Circular Economy Network+ in Transportation Systems". The first time I have done a Rich Picture for CENTS!
I've just garnered some great feedback from a recent Rich Picture project for another department of one of my favourite clients. They admitted to being apprehensive at the outset but that quickly changed to enthusiasm.
A few years ago I was lucky enough to have one perfect work day. On the same day I delivered a Rich Picture artwork to a client I received payment for the one I'd delivered a month earlier and that afternoon a new commission fell into my lap. As any freelancers out there will recognise this is a highly unlikely event. I have gone one better…
I have just delivered a third Rich Picture in just over three years to an organisation who prefer to remain anonymous but who I can refer to as a "high-end engineering design and manufacturing organisation with a very strong brand and marketing bias".
These are truly unprecedented times we are living in and the World may never be the same again but for the time being I am still open for business.
I was recently asked to create a Rich Picture to mark the departure of a much loved leader from one of the "Big Four" consultancies. As ever I can't show the whole picture but here's a small section with some identifying features redacted.
Those hard working individuals at Creative Lancashire have written a newsletter/blog post promoting my Rich Picture business.
My most recently completed Rich Picture project was repeat business for a globally recognisable organisation who once again wish to remain anonymous for two reasons. Firstly because people pay very large sums to be associated with the brand and secondly because they are in a very competitive business and their instinct is to keep everything 'under wraps' from competitors.
My old Physics teacher used to say "Change is the only constant" but he wasn't talking about organisational change and he hadn't reckoned on Brexit uncertainty.
It’s one of the peculiarities of my branch of specialisation (Rich Pictures) that I am limited in what I can reveal of my very visual work in this very visual media. This particular job was a long time in development but leapt into life when Henry got involved. I don’t think he’d mind me saying that he’s the ‘Military Type’ with a keen eye for detail. I never mind that in a client. It shows they have bought into the picture and care about it passionately. I think the last detail I had to tweak was the height of a one-way sign; the smallest detail was the width of a badger’s jowls- the badger being an ‘in-joke’ that meant something to those in the know. You could say this picture was polished to a parade gloss!
In the world of Rich Pictures there is always a tension between client confidentiality and self-promotion.
…I can post the glowing recommendation from my recent client, Johanna Hooper (her organisation prefer not to be named).
I have heard it said that the real value of a Rich Picture is the process, not the outcome.
After twenty years of hand-knitting my own websites I've finally got around to paying someone to drag it up-to-date, in this wonderful new, WordPress-based, mobile-first thing you see before you.