It always strikes me as funny when it's a revelation for two people to meet when they were in the same world all along. How simple it should be and how right it is. And I wonder why it doesn't happen more often.
The latest example of this led me to a new favorite illustrator, Brian Sanders. In this morning's New York Times, there is an article about Matthew Weiner looking to replicate the aesthetic of illustration during the Mad Men era.
Weiner's intention was to use this type of style in the advertising for the upcoming season of the show. But the show's Art Directors could create what he hoped to achieve. So - and here's the flash of brilliance - they reached out to one of Weiner's preferred illustrators from that era.
That illustrator - Brian Sanders - is coincidentally still working. Inspirationally reminding me of Bill Cunningham (I stayed up until 1am watching the documentary - it's that good), in his realization of his talent - while continuing to evolve while his awareness of the changes of the world improves his view. A wish for a lifetime of artistic realization.
Anyway, what I find most interesting is the vacuum that we all seem to operate in. Weiner and the creators of Mad Men admire the commercial art of the era they are recreating. Sanders, a real-time force in that world admired the show from afar. But with one simple thought (call him?), the parallel worlds intersect. As they should have long ago.