“… [T]o be a Sunday painter … is the most depressing idea there is,” Paul Rand told George Lois (c. 1995). “There’s nothing more depressing. Because it means that the rest of the week is futile, I mean absolutely hopeless, and the only day you live for … You can’t be an artist one day a week, no way. It’s very difficult to explain the idea, because people sort of think you’re being very stuffy and pompous by talking about art. But that’s not so. … I mean, it may not be in actuality that you’re an artist, but at least it’s your goal. And I think that’s the only thing that really counts.”
Rand was an artist who loved to draw and paint. Yet I once commended him on not attempting to make mediocre paintings when his true metier was exceptional graphic design. With a smug smile on his face, he beckoned me into a room, which was filled with still life and other paintings. Hmm! My face was red.
I did, however, know that Rand was an inveterate sketcher, often during lulls in the day but also when he was searching for a design solution. His sketches also appeared in much of his early work, including covers for Direction, advertisements for El Producto and various book jackets and other work. Here are some that I acquired when writing Paul Rand (Phaidon).
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