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"Clara R. Simpson" <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 5 Nov 1997 09:26:20 -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?"
>                           Silvia.
>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
>tel 244-06-90
>fax 244-28-16
>email  [log in to unmask]


What I think about the above is that the important thing is to have the
training in the visual stuff. If doesn't matter in what medium.  But I
think we would all agree that a pencil and paper is more immediate than a
computer and hence is necessary.  Computers are complicated enough on their
own still that it is not as transparent a medium for learning as
traditional media.  That will change.  We don't know how fast.  I was
struck by Paul's (and others?) saying he is scanning and adjusting things.
The final tweaking is more and more likely to be computer.  And hey I have
no nostalgia for pen and ink when it comes to drafting a chart.  As for
stat mchines, well, I'm not sure yet.  As scanners get better and better we
may never send mechanical art again, even if it is scratchboard.

That said, Elaine, I assume you are asking others not on the 'serve your
question because we on the 'serve are already at least partly computer
people...  I have the sense you will have to make this decision almost an
infinite number of times, what I mean is each issue needs its own decision.

I'll weigh in on the airbrush - keep the chapter!  I use it.  I feel that
way about all the basic traditional media.  It's the final preparation for
printing stuff that is the most changed.  And design and drafting.


Clara R. Simpson
Zoology Illustrator
FIeld Museum
Chicago, IL  60091

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