Picasso was in a park when a woman approached him and asked him to draw a portrait of her. Picasso agreed and quickly sketches her. After handing the sketch to the woman, she is pleased with the likeness and asks how much she owes him. Picasso replies: “$5,000”. The woman screamed, “but it took you only five minutes!”. “No madam, it took me all of my life”, replied Picasso.
While there are varying versions of the above story, it’s an inspiring one for any designer, artist or creative who has dealt with clients not understanding the value of a lifetime of skills acquired. Sure, we can’t all charge $5000 for 5 minutes of our time…but we should be charging enough to justify the great deal of time and financial investments that were required to obtain our talents and offer our services.
I like this story so much it inspired me to create this sketch and poster you see here. The illustration is of Picasso drawing the woman. If you’d like to display this on your home or office wall, you can download the free poster design here.
File specs of the download: 16″x20″ dimensions, jpg format, 300 dpi, cmyk color mode, file size of 7.2mb. The colors displayed in the download image will appear a bit differently than the preview above. This is normal and is due to the cmyk print color space the file is saved in. If you’d prefer a copy of the image for screen viewing instead (desktop background), just convert the file to srgb in Photoshop or shoot me an email.
If you enjoy this free design, please share it (just no selling). Thanks and enjoy.