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    John Berkey doesnt like SF...

    check out this article about john berkey http://www.linesandcolors.com/2006/06/03/john-berkey/

    where there is a link to this article
    http://citypages.com/databank/26/1304/article13916.asp

    both are a good read but ill quote this from the last one:
    Portraits, he says, are his favorite medium, especially when one of his seven grandchildren is sitting for him. "I've never cared much about science fiction," he says. "I have yet to see Star Wars. I suppose I should see it one of these days."

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    Hehee - it's just a job for him. It's totally cool. You don't have to like the subject matter to be good at it - sometimes it helps because then you don't get emotionally hung up with it.

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    when I first read the title of the thread, I thought John Berkey didn't like San Francisco. Who doesn't like San Francisco?!

    btw... John Sargent didn't like to do portraits, even though he was the master at them. He called them "paughtraits!"

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    I think it's funny when people assume that SF and fantasy artists are all into D&D and Star Trek. I mean, I am, but I don't expect everyone to be.

    Berkey also did some totally awesome work for the US government. Paintings of stealth bombers and satelites and stuff. really nice though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregano
    Hehee - it's just a job for him. It's totally cool. You don't have to like the subject matter to be good at it - sometimes it helps because then you don't get emotionally hung up with it.
    I couldn't agree more.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Oregano
    Hehee - it's just a job for him. It's totally cool. You don't have to like the subject matter to be good at it - sometimes it helps because then you don't get emotionally hung up with it.

    ~Oreg.

    yea, but most of us didnt choose this field because we were good at it. We worked hard to get good at it because we liked it so much.
    Hes weird...

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    7 grandchildren, goddamn, well at least its good to know he's an old geezer, cuz if it said he was 20 somethin, I'd crap my pantalones.

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    i personally didnt think he would be a fan boy or trekkie or something. but i did expect some affinity with the subject.

    i think there is also a difference with liking the subject, or liking what others came up with. maybe he is not into 'SF' cause he is bored with what other people came up with. i am an architect and can totally relate to that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ParkerD
    when I first read the title of the thread, I thought John Berkey didn't like San Francisco.
    Me too

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    I actually think it is kind of disappointing . It would be kind of like finding out Frank Frazetta hated doing fantasy artwork ..ehh sounds a bit retarded to paint a subject matter just cause your good at it . I can tell you that even if I was the best landscape painter in the world if I had to paint it I would hate every minute of it ..must be how he felt ...man just imagine what his paintings would have been like if he had a passion for the subject matter ! The really sad thing is that SF painting is the only thing he will be rememberd for must be a kind of miserable reality for him as an artist.

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    pogonip, I think you're projecting a lot into that article that wasn't there. I don't see "hate," "lack of passion" or "miserable reality" anywear in Bekey's quotes, or in his work for that matter. Part of being a professional is being able to take pride in one's work and put 100% into it regardless of weather you are a fan of a particular genre or not.
    BTW, have you ever read Frazetta's comments on most of the books he did covers for?


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    oh stop being so melodramatic.

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