The Art of Demotivation

A few years ago, I was approached by the folks at Despair, Inc. to work on a series of illustrations for their book, “The Art of Demotivation“. I was a little unsure about taking this on, as the whole concept seemed somewhat cynical. Nonetheless, in the interest of creating some great imagery, I agreed to the assignment. The publisher wanted a serious, formal style to compliment their satirical romp through the world of business, so I suppose it was only natural to call on the original hedcut portrait artist from the Wall Street Journal. All told, we did 18 stipple illustrations, including a hedcut portrait of the author, E.L. Kersten, PH.D., pictured here…

Hedcut Portrait - dr.kersten

 Following is a partial collection of the stipple art in the book, complete with their witty titles… Enjoy.

Illustration: Ambition

 AMBITION — “The journey of a thousand miles sometimes ends very, very badly.”

Illustraton: Mediocrity

 MEDIOCRITY — “It takes a lot less time and most people won’t notice the difference until it’s too late.”

Illustraton: Demotivation

 DEMOTIVATION — “Sometimes the best solution to morale problems is just to fire all of the unhappy people.”

Illustration: Achievement

 ACHIEVEMENT — “You can do anything you set your mind to when you have vision, determination, and an endless supply of expendable labor.”

Illustration: Dysfunction

 DYSFUNCTION — “The only consistent feature of all your dissatisfying relationships is you.”


Read More!

  1. Illustration And The Art of Demotivation (you are here)
  2. The Art of Motivation Revisited
  3. More The Art of Demotivation
  4. The Art of Demotivation – Final Chapter

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