BlogSome thoughts on Life, Inspiration, and Design
Old School vs. New School
- There are so many different ways in which we can express our imagination. The thoughts we have, the ideas we carry with us, and the images just bursting at the seems, ready to explode into ‘the world of tangibility’!
I am lucky in so many ways, but one of those ways is that I am blessed to be friends with a lot of creative people. I get to see creativity unleash itself through many different mediums (from computer programming and building structures, to writing music). But there are two kinds of methods I would like to spotlight today.
You see I was classically trained in the fine arts. Since I was 2 years old I had a pencil in my hand and would draw whatever my imagination was begging to release. I spent my entire childhood developing these skills (pencil shading, colored pencil drawing, and painting).
But I have always been a firm believer that it is important to utilize the current technologies. So, when I started college, I bought a copy of Adobe Illustrator and began learning how to translate what I knew how to do naturally, into the digital realm.
Now, that would have all been well and good, but when I started using Illustrator, I stopped doing any traditional artwork. I would occasionally do a drawing here, or a painting there, but in general I had all but forgotten that element of my creativity. For 8 years, I really only focused on the digital form of expression.
As I look back on the past 8 years, I regret not doing more drawing, painting, and sculpting. It was and should be a large part of who I am. Is it important to adopt new ideas and ways of creating… YES, but not at the expense of what you already know. So, in answer to the question of ‘old school’ or ‘new school’ the answer should be… Both!