Sunday, December 2, 2012

Pushing Through

I'm at the point where I am ready to be done.  Maybe a more accurate description is that I am done.  I know there are a number of assignments left but I'm spent.  My determination and inspiration have been burnt out and I need to take a break and reanalyze the situation.  Too bad the semester does not want to end when I'm out of gas.  I'm not the best at pushing through when exhausted, but of course I have to find a way.

The push brings up my feelings towards medical illustration and my part within the field.  This field is changing rapidly with technology and needs changing, yet I don't feel like older medical illustrators are embracing that change.  I feel like I'm receiving a watered down version of what things could be.  Making a website is a great skill to have, but what kind of websites are going to inspire people to seek out education about science?  What interactions will stick with people, effect them?  Having perfect shadow cores in hand drawn illustrations, honestly I care nothing about that.  It's outdated, unnecessary and if someone out there has desire to see old-school illustration there are a million people better than me at it that can deliver.  I'm not going to try to be better than people that have dedicated their entire lives to how illustration used to be.

I want to create ideas and processes that push average people to discover more, to get more, and to be treated respectfully.  I care about how illustrations effect people, not how perfect the illustration is.  We are saturated with media and its quantity changes its quality.  I think ideas need to be great but execution is no longer the end all be all.  Think of YouTube videos, how much they entertain us, yet many of them are just average people with camera phones messing around.  They have a good idea, they don't need a professional camera crew to capture it.  We watch it in 5 minutes, laugh, and move on with our lives.  We are affected quickly and move on just as fast.  Textbooks are going to move towards that soon, or at least I hope so.  How many of you actually read your textbooks?  I can think of one class where I consistently read (and I've taken many).  Usually I looked at the illustrations and read a few sentences if I needed clarification.  With iPads, I feel like textbooks can be cheaper and save paper while being able to seamless include video and interactive content.  Students can interact with textbooks as a group, asking questions, pointing out information that will be on the test, notes can be taken side by side to text of the textbook.  There are endless possibilities.  And here I am frustrated that I cram anatomy when my brain has moved on to other options.  As well as simply wanting to go home. I cannot wait to go home!

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