Feb '10 - Sep '10
We just had a quick spring workshop take place here, instructed by Harvard professor Kelly Wilson and focused on developing talent for hand delineation and architectural rendering.
I haven't yet seen the work that was done in this class, but I look forward to it. However, there has been a story that has come out of this class and has been floating around the school, and it seems each new set of ears receives it with wonderment. Kelly Wilson, a specialist in the crafts he plies, travels from school to school to offer his expertise in hand drawing. In one school, he asked how many of them [graduate students] had ever drawn by hand. Out of the small class of ten, only two could admit to having put pencil/pen to paper with the intention of etching out some image.
This is amazing to me. I know the computer has taken center stage, but I didn’t think it would be replacing something so basic as learning to draw by hand. It seems to me that the practice of making something by hand provides the intuitional foundation for digital drawings to become more robust.
I am hoping I might be able to ask any one who reads this to let me know what their experience with hand drawing has been while in school. Is it encouraged? Is it not? Is it non-existent? If so, do you feel like you are missing something or no? Is hand drawing dead? Will it simply become an heirloom one day soon as our schools forgo the instruction of it in favor of digital classes? Is this good?