On my blog post for October 19,2012, I posted a photograph of my wife and grandson Dominic John. This photograph of Dominic was taken shortly after his birth. The assignment ,for my illustration students at Meramec Community College, was to write a few paragraphs about what they thought illustration and graphic design will be like when Dominic is twenty years old. I will be sharing my student’s papers on this assignment for the next few days.
Firstly, congratulations on the birth of your grandson! I think Dominic John is being born into an exciting time for not just art and design, but for technology in general. Through the internet, inspiration and information are easier to pass from artist to artist than ever before. As Dominic grows up, he will receive tremendous benefits from being reared in a completely digital age. If he aspires to be an artist, he and others like him will have to navigate through the subtle obstacles this creates as well. The flood of information and availability of opinion that the internet brings can be a blessing and a curse. The internet will expose them to exciting and inspiring possibilities, but they will have to learn to recognize it and filter out the rest. In the coming years, the way we receive and digest information and art will change, but I do not believe that our appreciation for traditional technique will become completely obsolete.
Art making is becoming more accessible and cost effective as technology develops. Many traditional techniques can be reproduced digitally in an increasingly convincing way, without a tremendous initial investment. With this in mind, many people believe that, maybe even by the time Dominic John is 20 years old, paper and traditional art will become obsolete. This is especially becoming apparent as the announcement that magazines, such as Newsweek, will be moving forward with a digital only format, abandoning their printed format all together. In many ways this makes sense. The number of people who get their magazines and news online has risen steadily, since devices such as smart phones and tablets made these things readily available at any given moment.
I believe there is a distinction between publications such as Newsweek transitional to a purely digital format and the abolishment of all paper production, though. For many people, their first contact with art will not be digital. It will be at a very young age, making crayon marks on paper and walls. I believe this is a reaction to an almost instinctual drive humans have to just create. For these people, the love of creating art doesn’t just lie in the end result, but in the process. As mentioned before, there are digital means to emulate traditional technique. There are no digital means to manufacture the experience of creating in a traditional style. For this reason I believe, while digital art is on the rise for it’s ease and efficiency, the regular pencil on paper will never be completely. Kayla Richards
Brooke Weaver 10/18/12
John Dyess Illustration 1
The Future of Illustration
I feel like this is a hard thing to write about with how quickly technology is advancing everything we know. Who really knows what the future could possibly bring the art community. I suppose all I can really hope for is a new technological breakthrough that causes a mass hiring for all types of artists and keeps me gainfully employed till retirement (I can dream!). I suppose a lot of it would have to go with how people are viewing advertising and entertainment; something will continually advance in the TV becoming more of a world to hop into.
I think that the 3D world will be the continuing advancement. That when we want to play a game we will probably be able to put on a helmet or suit, that gives us full control over our character. Probably have to stand on a special plate or something that will move as to the shape of whatever terrain you are going through in the game. The artist’s job then will be to create that super life like and truly interactive world the gamer jumps into. Also to develop more ways than just seeing the enemy or task in the game, but to also have the other sciences be involved. I hope that’ll be the next step in the artwork. That could be a true accomplishment there!
Also think that if that advancement was made in gaming or movies what then could be done for an artist having a galleria event. You could come to the art showing, put on the special gear and walk into the artists very world that they made to present their artwork. The art would then be more than canvas, but something you could walk through and interact with. I think that would be an amazing development!
I can’t say for certain that this would happen, or that it’s even possible in 20 years. But in saying that you also have to think that twenty years go there wasn’t a computer in any home, now they are everywhere! There weren’t cellphones available. Now you can call people from your car and even talk through a small blue tooth ear device without even needing to pull your phone from your pocket. Cars park themselves, which never happened before. They actually have TV’s now that can curve to fit a room! So I’m choosing to think big about what there will be in twenty years.
Applied art to me shouldn’t be separated from Fine art. to me Applied art was started by fine artists wanting to make money in fields where they could use their aesthetics they built up themselves to create their own niche in Applied art. To me Illustration is part of a larger picture which is mainly broken up into Fine art and Applied art that can have effects on anyone and that’s not going change much in twenty years besides broadening up into a larger area that’s more diverse as the years go by and as technology advances.