RE: Should writers develop their own illustrations?

Subject: RE: Should writers develop their own illustrations?
From: "Klasovsky, Nick" <nklasovsky -at- nordson -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 8 Jan 2001 08:53:43 -0500

I think that if writers have any aptitude for art and design as well as
writing, they should do all they can to develop the skills they need to do
their own illustration work. When a writer has to work with an illustrator
to develop illustrations, the entire process including initial development
(explaining to the illustrator what the writer needs), proofing cycles,
changes required by product design changes, and so forth is often much
longer than if the writer created the illustrations themselves. There are
other benefits as well, including personal and professional development.

I have trained myself to do everything from exploded isometric views and
cutaways of complicated mechanical assemblies to charts and graphs, using
everything from CAD programs to Paintshop Pro. I'm not an expert in all
types illustration software, and I use our department's illustrators when my
workload is high, but I take great pride in not only writing documentation,
but also developing the artwork. It breaks up the daily grind, varies the
work, and makes me more valuable to my employer.

I encourage anyone who has the aptitude to dive in and learn how to create
their own illustrations. You won't regret it.

Nick Klasovsky
nklasovsky -at- nordson -dot- com

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