Knowing me, I was sure I could do it myself. The outcome would most likely be disappointing, mediocre at best, but I was confident I could pull it off. But that one morning, I said, heck, why struggle, my brother is great at rendering. So, I asked Ronald to make a Stoney Burke logo for me.
I sent Ronald a few pictures of Mike that I had taken myself. I had no idea what my brother’s graphic artistic brain would come up with, but giving him enough ammunition in terms of visuals might help him work something out. One of the random images I threw at him was this:
A few days later, Ronald gave me a set of renderings. Among them was one he called the Stoney Burke Poster. It looked like a pencil sketch of the photo I sent him.
The sketch looked so good, that I thought of printing it out. Better yet, have it enlarged. Costco offers enlargements of 16×20″ for less than $7. I made an order that night and got the print the following afternoon.
Because I have been compelled to pick up $1 picture frames at garage sales for the last few months, I already had one that fit the poster nicely. I grabbed a hammer and nail and wham — the framed poster became a focal point on Mike’s studio wall.
The story doesn’t end there. I wanted to show my brother, and the rest of the world, how much Mike and I admire the graphic, so I bragged about it on Facebook. And now I’m writing about it on my blog.
I guess my message here is: no matter how handy you are, some things are better left to experts. And when experts exceed your expectations, what better way to show your appreciation by commending them on your wall — Facebook or otherwise.