Monday, February 7, 2011


     The video link below is a well worth 3 minutes and 53 seconds of your life.  (A beautiful video for House Industries.)  The design work, fonts and all are hand done including this amazing segment of a pinstriper showing off his amazing skill. This got me to thinking about skill.

     When I was in my first printmaking class I heard one of my mentors say to the class "whatever you see me do allow for  4 times the amount of time for you to do it".  This has been illustrated in the furniture class I am teaching this semester.  Right now they are making basic joinery which will soon lead into making final objects but right now they are making and re making dovetails and finger joints.  I often find it funny when so many people expect it to come out right the first time since they saw it done and it looked easy, or they think it comes natural.  I always see the black board in the drawing room when Boris teaches drawing and I see the letter forms and the straight lines he can draw with what appears to be ease.  I am a super competative person and used to have a real problem with seeing artwork like Willy Verginer seen here

and I think man I wish I could carve wood like that and I used to try and pick up everything instead of having a path of confidence in my work and trying to master one area.  I don't know if anyone else loves to many things like I get sucked into, but man I always admire those who master their craft regardless of what area.  I wonder if the eye of the master gets more and more critical the further they get along? I wonder if they ever feel good enough?


1 comment:

Prof. Darrell Kincer said...

Perhaps that's the problem, sometimes it can look so easy. For example, I'll look at a scene to photograph and immediately my mind starts to consider the light, camera position, composition, problems in the background, exposure settings, shooting mode, and even how I'll eventually print and show the image. It happens quickly in my mind, but that comes from having practiced for nearly 15 years.

And I think it can be deceptive to students who might be used to accomplishing things so quickly in the digital age. This period in time gives the appearance that you can do everything well, the first time, quickly. Not so. It takes serious investment, commitment, and love.