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Frank Ippolito <[log in to unmask]>
Thu, 13 Nov 1997 13:22:34 -0500
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>>"do you think that
learning the traditional way has made a difference for us?"<<

In a word: Yes.

There was a time (when I was just learning these digital tools) that I
believed that when the current crop of very digitally educated students
emerged, they would blow us all out of the water with their finely honed
skills. Well, as I have since learned, this will not exactly be the case.
Those of us who were lucky enough to be trained in the skills of design and
rendering have a serious edge over the bulk of the students who have glided
through their education with nary a mark on paper. I believe the way
computer art is taught in schools is flawed (and am attempting to right it
within my own little sphere of influence). One would never teach color
theory by laying out a palette of 128 colors and tell them to figure it
out. Yet we approach computer education in just this way. If us experienced
artists are getting eaten alive by the possibilites that the computer
offers (and we do when we aren't careful) think of how an as_of_yet
unformed design sensibilty will react. Consider yourself lucky to have
worked it all out on paper. And luckier still to have the chance to see
what one can do with that after it has been turned into a string of ones
and zeros <g>.


Frank Ippolito    [log in to unmask]
American Museum of Natural History

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