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Default "Design software weakens classic drawing skills" - 04-20-2006, 10:59 AM

Found this article through the Visual Effects Society newsletter.
curious to hear opinions on this.

"U.S. art students spend so much time toying with computer graphics these days that many wind up without needed drawing skills, university instructors say.

Students are more comfortable manipulating computer graphics than doodling, drafting and drawing with pen on paper, and this has created a sharp decline in drawing skills in recent years, teachers say.

Additionally, tech-savvy students simply lack the initiative and persistence developed by drawing, resulting in uninspired work"

"Aspiring artists no longer need to spend hours with pen and paper. Now they may produce polished drawings quickly on-screen with software such as Adobe Creative Suite 2 by Adobe Systems, which allows users to incorporate photographs, graphs, text and images for special effects to create electronic files for print"

heres the full article

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Default 04-20-2006, 11:43 AM

I agree... Sadly I am guilty of this too. But lucky for me I realized this a while back and have started drawing again. Now I just need to get into painting and sculpting... One day at a time :)

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Default 04-20-2006, 02:00 PM

yes i saw it today!
i agree totally

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Default 04-20-2006, 03:12 PM

This problem is not exclusive to the US students. I graduated last year from IADE Design College in Lisbon, Portugal, and I tell you most of my collegues not only do not know how to draw, but they also lack the expertise in Computer graphics software.

It is unbelievable, but they actually end up graduated from a Design College using Corel Draw all along.
And don't get me wrong... we are talking about Interior designers, Visual Designers, and Industrial Designers.

As for old fashioned paper and pencil, I think only a few know how to use it.

Although... I think the article in question, refers to the "new" kind of graphic design, where you just vector trace and lay stuff on top of each other.

Certainly our kind of work ( matte painting, 3D modeling, Digital Painting ) can not be done without going to paper first, or at least at the same time.

So... we might be the "Picasso's" of tomorrow. Who knows.

Best regards, you all.

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Default 04-20-2006, 05:52 PM

I agree with the article, but just looking at the works of the untrained or those who think just need to learn how click the "make pretty" button you can see where people haven't tried to devlop skill.

The true artist will study the traditional as well as the digital.

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