RE: Doing Your Own Art

Subject: RE: Doing Your Own Art
From: "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "'Johnson, Mike \(MED, OEC\)'" <Mike -dot- Johnson -at- med -dot- ge -dot- com>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 4 Feb 2004 07:18:41 -0500

Prioritize the work and do what you can. Illustration is not something you
can just up and run with. I suggest evaluating the type of work you all have
in front of you, including the illustrator who's still there, and prioritize
the labor based on difficulty. If the art that the illustrator's doing now
is easier than the art you need, move him over to the stuff you need first
and allow another artistic person to work on the parts manuals.

If you try the drawings on your own, you will find that the human body is
the most difficult to draw, even for your purposes (line art). If you
haven't studied art in any detail or are not naturally gifted, it will be an
extremely difficult task for you to complete on your own.

Bill Swallow
wswallow "at" nycap "dot" rr "dot" com

::: -----Original Message-----
::: 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?

Doing Your Own Art: From: Johnson, Mike (MED, OEC)

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