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Silvia Troyo <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 5 Nov 1997 09:01:17 -0600
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After a lot of hesitation, I decided to write about this theme, it is
something that has always intrigued me.
I think that all the chapters about traditional media should be kept. I
think it could be easy to say "eliminate them, they are obsolete!", because
we already know these techniques (I assume that most of us learned the
old-fashioned way and are now turning to computers). But what about the
people who are just starting? Don't you believe it's necessary for them to
learn first the principles that will always be important in an
illustration? I dont' know if I'm making myself clear. How can you teach an
illustrator all the "artistic stuf" using only computers? I've seen many
people praising mediocre illustrations just because they were computer
generated. This kind of work is generally done by people with a poor
trainig in traditional media. The artists who learned to master traditional
media first and then turned to the computer generally do a better work. I
know this sounds too radical, it's difficult for me to explain my ideas in
a foreign language. I just want to know, do you think that we benefited
from the opportunities we had to learn both ways? Do you think that young
artists should learn them too and then choose the one that they like
better? Anyway, they will have to use the computers...
I remember something I read, that keeps moving inside my head. The author
said  that computers are tools and then asked "do we want to teach hammer
or to teach tools?"


PS: BTW, I don't hate computers. I love the way they have made our work a
lot easier.

Silvia Troyo
Ilustradora cientifica - Diseno grafico
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