If you wish to communicate by design… By all means learn how to draw. Learn the tools, methods and what a line means. Whether free hand or mechanical; every line means something and it is no small task to know how to do it well.
Much in the design world is miscommunicated when poorly sketched instructions must be re-drawn since the technician cannot figure out the intent. Time is money and poor results occur when money is put ahead of the objective. Design is a decision with a reason attached. The reason has both a desire and a motive. If the design is not followed then we demonstrate to the world our low views and it is unlikely they will every see how much money you “saved” by the corners cut.
Some things don’t change.
THE ART OF THE HOUSE http://www.burrows.com/founders/decoration.html
By Rosamund Marriott Watson 1897
"It is best, for obvious reasons, to have some definite scheme of decoration from the outset: to determine firmly as to which path you shall follow. To put it broadly, ignoring all minor complexities of grade and detail, there are two distinct and different ways of constructing the House Beautiful: the one plan is pitched on a high plane of austerity, and demands no little courage, sacrifice, and repression; the other, of homelier complexion-and, it may be, of more lasting charm-is replete with rich colours and low tones: it allows a wider scope for personal idiosyncrasies, is more catholic, and, on the whole, much easier to live with."
Like the flying car and the $98.00 *Jeep you could buy from an ad in Popular Mechanix, some dreams are a long time coming.
* The Jeep was Army surplus and required complete assembly.
The question was posed, if the old masters were alive today would they embrace the new technology. The simple answer is yes; if it benefited them in some way. We heap praises on the “old masters” who, in many ways, had limited technology and resources yet produced stunning results.
Today we have technology that can in many ways aid the production of our work and also helps us realize it doesn’t make our work any better. The truth is: it has never been about the tools. It has always been about the workman. The combination that makes up what we call the “old masters” is part skill and with it an intangible sense that enables them to see what others do not see and create what others cannot imagine. I believe it is a gift and the degree of the gift will measure the results. The results are always viewed with subjective eyes but that special sense is unchanged regardless of the outcome.
If you wish to see how times have changed all you have to do is “google” a few words. If google was around 50 years ago and you searched the word “workshops” you might get a vast array of workrooms full of tools and people making things. Today “workshops” renders pictures of people in gatherings of various sizes learning about work, what to work on and how to do it. About working but not actually working.
Then if you try shops you get places to shop. Stores of every type and size. So the world slowly evolves based on what we do and thanks to technology we can see it right in front of our eyes.
Often referred to and sought after and if you should become very wealthy… why is it called filthy rich? hmmm?