Posted by JWmHarmon on March 06, 2002 at 12:45:23:
In Reply to: Drawing Skill posted by Paul Malo on March 06, 2002 at 09:39:08:
Who will be the better piano player? 1. The student who practices only what he/she is told to practice or 2. the student who practices what he/she had been told and then figures out a way to combine two learned pieces into a third new opus or to play them in a different rhythm pattern.
Who would you want to have as your surgeon? 1. The former student who did only what she/he was told to practice or 2. the one who practiced what she/he was told and then went on and said, "What if we tried this method and tried to simplify the procedure if possible?"
Who would you want to hire as your future architect? 1. The student who did just what his/her instructors taught or 2. the student who explored every new material to see if it could be put to better use than the currently used items and who researched precursors of the current needed building?
Whom do you think would be better able to bring a design to completion? 1. The student who did just enough to get an A or B or the student who did extra drawings to explore different possiblities.
There is an old saying in art pottery: "You are not a potter until you have thrown a thousand pots." ("Throw" in pottery means to make it on a potter's wheel.)
Drawing is a learned skill. Using a computer to efficiently create plans and elevations, and to create forms and spaces is something which requires many hours of practice. Some students enjoy this, others choose other areas of expertise. What you choose to do is up to you and your imagination.
The hard part for a student who has no real world experience is deciding what your real areas of interest are.
Best wishes to all.