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Busted: Variations On A Theme

By Mrstrongest @mrstrongarm

No doubt about it: I’d love to do some illustration for WSJ Weekend, the Saturday-Sunday edition of The Wall Street Journal. Weekend contains news stories and opinion, along with an eclectic mix of profiles, reviews, and lifestyle features.

To that end, I thought I’d audition by posting work inspired by actual Weekend stories.

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The March 18-19, 2017 edition had a story called A Boom In Busts, by Tim Gavan. It asked:

Busted: Variations On A Theme

Can the head shots of the sculptural world, back in vogue after decades in the wings, work in homes that aren’t mansions? Or are they just too la-di-da?

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Some excerpts:
Busted: Variations On A Theme

“A bust’s effect really depends on its expression,” said Caleb Anderson of New York Design firm Drake/Anderson. “Whenever you look at them, you feel their emotion… they’re like another personality in the room.”

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“They’re part of the party,” concurred New York designer Sasha Bikoff. “My dogs think a bust I have is a real person…”
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“A bust becomes the focal point,” advised Natalie Shirinian, founder of NES Creative, a New York-based creative agency. “Have a balance of books and personal objects… to make the space feel like a home and not a museum.”
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Busts needn’t be serious. New York designer Jesse Carrier says such busts “may not be considered ‘high art,’ but (they’re) beautifully crafted and deliver comedic relief at the same time.”
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“Busts are captivating,” Mr. Anderson said. “People want to know whom they’re looking at– is it a character, a famous person, a regular person. What’s their story?”
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Busted: Variations On A Theme

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Thoughts? I’d appreciate your feedback.


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