It’s been exactly 1 month and 1 day since the last blog post. A very busy time of the year took me away from doing a post, but I’m always thinking about written content. Recently, a lot of the time was/is spent doing traditional art projects for customer’s Holiday Season gifts. It’s the high-end part of the business doing traditional/custom art, because it’s NOT commercial. And it’s the one kind of work that I really stress over, because traditional art is very unique, held and executed on a strict customer’s standard.
But during a recent project, I took a break and looked at my watercolor palette next to me. The rapid mixing of colors to get shades right prior to application, got me thinking. In a traditional art vs. digital art comparison, the watercolor palette next to me shows complexity, while digital art, which I also do, shows innovation. But looking at that palette vs. my graphic art programs on the computer screen, I realized that, that watercolor palette had no keyboard buttons ‘Command/Apple Z’, ‘Control-Alt-Delete’ to configure or ‘ESC’ key to push. Rather, it’s pure SKILL.
But, do we lose traditional and highly unique skills because of rapid innovation?
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