How many ex-illustrators would spend the last few hours on the last day of a job, finishing every little bit that had been overlooked, flapping the art, packaging it up for FedEx, and then the mad dash at 60 mph on surface streets to get inside the door of FedEx before 6:00? Once in the door, your package was safe, it was assured of going out, but otherwise you would have some explaining to do the next morning. And how many actually enjoyed the adrenaline rush? Oh, I remember being supremely upset that I ran out of packing tape and had to change rolls while I only had fifteen minutes before I absolutely, positively, had to be in my car dealing with all the crazy drivers on the road. Traffic lights that usually only took 2 minutes, were now on their dinner break and would be back shortly. The panic was palpable, but when I made it and the pressure was off….oh, that was such an amazing feeling.
I don’t have that with digital work. Since I can send the finished art in by 6:00am if necessary, the deadline panic is gone nowadays. My life is much more easy going, but sometimes I have to admit there are things missing. No originals, of course, and that’s too bad. But that rush…I am not so sure if I miss it or not.