Doing Your Own Art

Subject: Doing Your Own Art
From: "Johnson, Mike (MED, OEC)" <Mike -dot- Johnson -at- med -dot- ge -dot- com>
To: "'techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 3 Feb 2004 15:04:40 -0600

Greetings from a partly cloudy and cool Salt Lake City.

We recently lost one of our illustrators and he will not be replaced any
time sooon because of budgetary constraints. Our other illustrator/writer
is busy doing parts manuals, so that means the writers are going to have to
take up the slack and do their own art work. Although I've been in this
business a long time I have never had to do all of my own line art before.
I've done lots of block diagrams, captioned photographs, and screen shots,
but never generated any line art from scratch. We are going to have to
determine how to produce pictures of the human figure operating complex
equipment, etc. Stick figures won't cut it.

I'm sure others have been in this spot. What did you do? Do you know of
any good books?

This is not going to be easy, but I'll bet it's going to be fun.

Thanks in advance for any input. I will summarize for the list.

Michael C. Johnson
Technical Publications
GE OEC Medical Systems
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
phone: 801-536-4615
email: Mike -dot- Johnson -at- med -dot- ge -dot- com


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