Analog vs. Digital

Make a MarkDisclaimer: This is a bit of a rant on my part. My apologies.

I guess you could say that I am a digalog kind of guy. For nearly thirty years, I have been making a living as a graphic designer. I started out using an Exacto knife and a ruler to create layouts and to cut rubylith. Yes, I was a paste-up artist. Now life has changed in the design world and I have had to adapt and persevere and had to learn to use a computer to not only do ad layouts, but to build websites and everything in between. When it comes down to art though, I am all analog.

Yes, I admit that in some ways I am a bit of a luddite. I enjoy putting pen to paper. Getting the mixture of ink and water just right to get the wash that I want. I relish in watching the ink flow differently that it should due to an imperfection in the paper. I really like having no undo. Once you make that mark on a piece of paper or canvas, that’s it, there is no going back. If you make a mistake, you either start over or you learn how to hide it. Basically, I like getting my hands dirty and coming away with a tangible object when I am done.

Some of you might say “Hey Artguy, why are you being so negative about working on a computer? Things change dude and you have to move with the times!” You know some of that is true and some isn’t. I have drawn on a Wacom tablet, and even own a nice one, but I just don’t like the feel of working on them. Granted, I haven’t played around with the latest and greatest versions of them, but the ones that I have used didn’t keep up with my hand. At times I have had to wait for the computer to catch up to where I was in the drawing. That I didn’t like one bit. It stopped my artistic flow.

I never wait for my pen/pencil to catch up to where I was in the drawing, they are the drawing. The thought comes from my mind runs down my arm into my hand to the drawing utensil then ends up on the paper. Now grab a piece of paper and a pencil and make your mark!